Education for Every Girl
You have the right to an education, but global inequality does not make it easy for you to attain one. Millions of children around the world are denied this right because of unaffordable fees, ignorance, and discrimination. But if this inequity is not resolved, 60 million children of primary school age will be out of school in 2030, and more than half of them will be girls.
Poor girls are the most disadvantaged and the most likely to never enter a classroom. In several countries in South and West Asia, for example, 80% of out-of-school girls are unlikely to ever start school, compared to 16% of boys. Girls living in poverty are also vulnerable to malnutrition, abuse, child marriage, exploitation, HIV, and countless other dangers. Education helps girls like you gain the knowledge and confidence to protect your health and plan your future. Education is the key to achieving gender parity and ending violence against girls and women. That is why I am pledging my support.
This summer, as families around the world begin to plan for the upcoming school year, I stand in full support of quality education for girls everywhere. I will sign, share, and help make this message global: Every girl has the right to go to school!
My signature on this letter is a sign of encouragement to you and to all girls who are trying to convince their families to pay another year of school fees. My signature is a call to action for global leaders to increase investment in girls, and work harder to improve gender equality. My signature is a call for people everywhere to give girls the same respect and support as boys and men. My signature is one small rung on a ladder to success for all girls, everywhere.
I call upon citizens of the world to join me in pledging to #BuildUpGirls!
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