YOUR DIL Los Angeles Event on February 7

"We are kicking off 2009 in LA with our first event on Saturday, February 7.  Come join us for the YOUR DIL Hollywood/Bollywood Charity Dance Show and Dinner from 7PM to 1AM at the Chakra Restaurant and Lounge in Beverly Hills. The night will begin with a full course dinner including an exquisite spread of halal South Asian delicacies, followed by live dancing entertainment featuring the Desi Michael Jackson, Bhangra professional dance teams from local colleges, and many others! As part of the festivities, we will raffle off a seven night stay in a luxury condo worth about $1000. Winners can choose from a variety of cities including Cabo, Cancun, and Palm Springs,” says a YOUR DIL message. It adds: 
Illiteracy poses an acute development challenge in Pakistan, which has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, with less than 50% of the population over age 15 able to read and write. Literacy is even lower amongst women - only 30% of women over age 15 are able to read and write. This inadequacy, particularly amongst women, exacerbates a variety of related problems including high birth rates, high infant mortality, social immobility, deficient nutrition, poor healthcare, domestic violence and social inequality. Similarly, the impact of basic education, particularly amongst women, permeates throughout the household and multiplies across generations. Providing education for girls is the key for gender equality. Girls and women who are educated are more likely to earn more money and work outside of the home, reinvest in their families, raise healthier children and continue to impact society for generations to come.  

“Ten reasons to come to the YOUR DIL Los Angeles event:
1. Former Secretary of the Treasury, Larry Summers estimated that investing $40,000 a year to educate 1,000 Pakistani girls has the highest social rate of return in the world.
2. A mother with a primary education is five times (500%) more likely to send her children to school than a mother with no education.
3. The number of children born to a woman decreases by 40% if the woman has had a primary education.
4. Educated mothers are more likely to send their children to school, a key to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. In Pakistan, mothers' education is the single strongest determinant of schooling for their children, especially for girls.
5. Out of the world's 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls.
6. When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
7. Educated mothers have healthier families. Educated mothers access and use beneficial information about health care for themselves and their families and use health services more often. Educated mothers have better nourished children, who are less likely to die in infancy. On average one additional year of schooling for a mother results in a reduction in child or infant mortality of 9 per 1,000.
8. An extra year of primary school boosts girls' eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.
9. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.
10. According to the World Bank the single largest determinant of economic growth for eight East Asian economies was education. 

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