First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Campaign for Girls’ Education at SXSW
Today, First Lady Michelle Obama will ask people to pledge their support for girls’ education around the world during her SXSW keynote address.
#62MillionGirls — a global campaign run by the First Lady’s Let Girls Learn initiative and Girl Rising — has launched the pledge on Change.org.
“I applaud Change.org for building a community of civically engaged action-takers, and for providing the technology to give people everywhere the power to start grassroots movements for social change. I am very excited that the next phase of the 62MillionGirls campaign for international girls’ education is taking place on Change.org,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.
Mrs. Obama travels the world to discuss the importance of girls’ education as part of her Let Girls Learn initiative, which seeks to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are not in school, go to and stay in school.
Girls who aren’t in school are more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, early and forced marriage, and other forms of violence. But, when a girl receives a quality education, she is more likely to earn a decent living and improve the quality of life for her family and her community.
“When girls are given the chance to learn, they improve their lives and contribute to a more successful society. Unfortunately, 62 million girls don’t have that opportunity. That is why we at Change.org are honored to support the First Lady’s initiative to empower people everywhere to raise their collective voices and educate girls around the globe,” said Jennifer Dulski, Change.org president.
In addition to the First Lady, there are a bevy of other well-known women supporting the #62MillionGirls campaign, including Blake Lively, Sophia Bush, and Queen Latifah. Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Lea Michele, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monáe, and Zendaya are lending their voices to the campaign with a new song written by Diane Warren: This is For My Girls, which is featured in the video from MAKERS and available on iTunes.
Do you support girls’ education around the world?