David Westlake wrote this post a few years ago. As we are in the middle of the UN’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, it is worth revisiting.

I am writing this in an airport on my way to one of the centres of people trafficking – a place where young women and girls are sold, tricked or forced into sex work and exploitation.

I am expecting to meet some extraordinary people. I know my heart will break again at the destruction unleashed by the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).

Yet it does not need to be like this.

I have long been a fan of the Girl Effect movement. Its message is simple: if we took the education and welfare of girls seriously, we would see enormous change in the world. I am too much of a realist to think that there is a straightforward way to solve world poverty. But I think that educating girls would come close.

If you have not yet seen the latest Girl Effect video, you can watch it here.