“Sixty-two million girls worldwide are not in school,” stated First Lady Michelle Obama during a recent event, “The Power of an Educated Girl,” held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. “The goal is that these girls have the support and resources they need to get the education they deserve!” In response to this passionate battle cry, the girls in attendance, along with their classmates and organizations, cheered, collectively took out their phones, and promptly Tweeted, Snapped, and Instagrammed the message out to the world through the new #62milliongirls campaign the First Lady announced.
It’s a clear call to action: We must shine a light on the need for girls’ education in order to achieve a brighter global future. And in solidarity with the message of the U.S. government’s initiative, Let Girls Learn, we have to work together to accomplish that goal. Many young women may not be able to obtain the education they need without the public support of the rest of the world.
Let Girls Learn is a campaign that “encourages and supports community-led solutions to reduce barriers that prevent adolescent girls from completing their education.” Here are three ways you can become part of the movement.
Help raise awareness for the Let Girls Learn initiative by sharing the facts and your support through your own social networks. Join the #62milliongirls campaign by uploading a photo of yourself and answering the question ‘In school I learned ________’ but #62milliongirls don’t have that chance. Photos will be added to the 62milliongirls.com website, hosted by Girl Rising in support of Let Girls Learn to join the First Lady and many other celebrities in driving awareness to this important issue.
Donate to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund or organize an event to support Peace Corps Volunteers who are implementing community-based projects and trainings that help to empower girls and address barriers to girls’ education.