Girls' Education: The Antidote to Terrorism

by Central Asia Institute Vetted since 2010 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


In 2014 alone there were over 13,000 terrorist attacks worldwide. Educating women and girls is the surest way to reduce support for militancy.

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Central Asia Institute Co-Founder Greg Mortenson said "You can drop bombs, send in troops, build roads, put in electricity, or hand out condoms, but unless the girls are educated, a society will not change." With terrorist incidents on the rise it is essential that women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan are educated and therefore less likely to support militancy.


As women become more educated, they are less likely to support militancy and terrorism than similarly educated men, according to a University of Maryland School of Public Policy survey. The survey of Pakistani women also found that uneducated women are more likely to support militancy and terrorism than similarly educated men.

Long-Term Impact

Young men and boys recruited by extremist groups are required to get their mothers' blessings before joining such an organization, or going on a suicide mission. So, girls who are educated - especially who complete secondary school - grow up to be mothers who are less likely to give their sons permission to pursue violent solutions. Every year approximately 100,000 individuals participate in CAI-sponsored programs.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Educated Less Likely to Support Terrorism
Number of terrorist attacks worldwide 2006-2014

Organization Information

Central Asia Institute

Location: Bozeman, MT - USA
Website: https:/​/​
Project Leader:
Jennifer Pearson
Bozeman, MT United States
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