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.

David Westlake
David Westlake is Tearfund's International Director. David started out as a youth worker and church planter…