Today, more than 98 million adolescent girls around the world aren’t in school.
What could those girls accomplish if they were allowed to unlock their full potential? What could they achieve if the hurdles that keep them out of school—scarce resources, early marriage and pregnancy, a toxic mindset that says they are unworthy of an education—were swept away?
We’re determined to find out. Today, on International Day of the Girl, I’m proud to announce the Obama Foundation’s launch of the Global Girls Alliance, an effort to empower adolescent girls around the world through education, so that they can support their families, communities, and countries.
As a part of the Global Girls Alliance, we’re taking a fresh approach to support the grassroots leaders who are already working in communities all over the world.
First, we’ve created a network that will allow these leaders to connect with one another, share best practices, and, ultimately, scale their work.
Second, we’ve partnered with GoFundMe to create a new crowd fundraising platform—a place where anyone, anywhere around the world, can support efforts to empower girls in places like India, Guatemala, or Uganda.
And finally, we’re looking for your help. Everyone can be an ally. I hope you’ll follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and visit our website to educate yourself on this issue, read about the tremendous work already being done, and get started taking whatever action you can.
Thank you so much. Together, we can help these girls fulfill their boundless promise.