Chabot Applauds Passage of the Protecting Girls Access to Education Act
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday applauded the House passage of H.R. 2408, the Protecting Girls Access to Education Act. The bipartisan legislation, which ensures that children, specifically young girls, are able to receive an education when displaced by conflicts overseas, passed by voice vote.
“As a parent and former teacher, I firmly believe that education empowers our children,” Chabot said. “Unfortunately, with a staggering 65 million people around the world now displaced from their homes, it has become increasingly difficult for children in conflict zones to receive a primary or secondary education. Today’s approval in the House moves us one step closer to providing access to safe primary and secondary education for the approximately 62 million girls globally who aren’t in school. Ultimately, H.R. 2408 will help to pave the way for a more peaceful and stable life for millions of displaced girls, before they are subjected to further poverty, trafficking and recruitment into extremist organizations.”
Elina Govil, Girl Up Teen Advisor and junior at Indian Hill High School added: “Before attending the Girl Up Leadership Summit last summer, I never imagined I’d be able to make a difference in the lives of displaced girls. But at the summit this year, I was given the chance to advocate on Capitol Hill, meet Congressman Steve Chabot, and speak to Midwestern U.S. Senators and Representatives about the Protecting Girls Access to Education Act, giving me the confidence and platform to be a force for change. I admire Congressman Chabot’s efforts on this issue and his diligence to ensure all displaced children, especially girls, get access to education."
H.R. 2408 encourages the U.S. government to make the education of children in areas of conflict a priority in their assistance efforts and directs the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase the access of displaced children, especially girls, to educational, economic, and entrepreneurial opportunities.