|—||First Lady Michelle Obama, 2014 YALI Summit (via exchangealumni)|
Powerful, simple & inspiring. Malala on how we can end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child & forced marriage at last week’s Girl Summit.
Marking 100 days since the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils that took place on Wednesday.
The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the kidnapped schoolgirls and “never to abandon them”, while “reminding people that we are in the midst of a global civil rights struggle”.
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Today is Malala Day! Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani blogger who drew global attention after the Taliban shot her in the head for advocating girls’ education, is celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday.
Please join us in raising your voice for girls worldwide: http://uni.cf/GS14 #GirlSummit UNICEF
Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. Let Girls Learn is a new effort by the United States Government, and led by USAID, to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. To learn more about our program and efforts, visit www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn.
Special thanks to Alicia Keys, Amy Brenneman, Anne Hathaway, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, DeAndre Jordan, Denise Richards, Diego Boneta, James Van Der Beek, Jennifer Garner, Joe Manganiello, Josh Duhamel, Julie Bowen, Julie Delpy, Kelly Osbourne, Lance Bass, Moby, Nick Cannon, Nikki Reed, Paul Wesley, Rita Wilson, Shonda Rhimes, Soledad O’Brien, Susan Sarandon, and Tyler Perry for their participation in the video.
This video was produced by the Burkle Global Impact Initiative at UCLA and Prime Content in partnership with The Jim Henson Company. Original score by Ryan Perez-Daple (rpdmusic.com).
The world has been transfixed and horrified by the brutality of a group of extremists toward nearly 300 schoolgirls and unnamed others in northeastern Nigeria. The plight of these girls has rightly captured the global public’s heart and mind. For daring to seek an education, these girls and others have become the face of unspeakable violence at the hands of Boko Haram.
Unfortunately, they are not alone. Women and girls in staggering numbers are beaten, sexually abused, married off as children, mutilated, and killed every day around the world.
"Girls: the world needs you to be the scientists, engineers and technologists of tomorrow!" said Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General.
Last week Thursday, people around the world marked Girls in ICT Day, which was established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to help inspire girls to consider a future in technology
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|—||Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan on girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics|
|—||Secretary Kerry on the International Day of the Girl, October 11, 2013|
About the Author: Wenchi Yu serves in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.
On April 18, 2013, President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim co-hosted the second Equal Futures Partnership meeting, along with the U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett, and National Economic Advisor to President Obama Gene Sperling on the margins of the World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. The 13 founding members issued a report on progress made thus far, while six new country members joined the partnership with new commitments, and three more signaled intent to join at the next convening. Some of the new country… more »