Global Girls Alliance

Aleah Bromell, staff writer

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Around the world, there are 98 million girls who are unable to be in school. Despite major strides in equitable access to schools, there are still so many girls who don’t have access to education. On International Day of the Girl, celebrated on October 11, Michelle Obama announced her new initiative to combat that.

Obama’s initiative is called the Global Girl Alliance (https://www.obama.org/globalgirlsalliance/) and according to a press release from the Obama Foundation, it’s “an effort to empower adolescent girls around the world through education, so that they can support their families, communities, and countries.” The Alliance, the press release explains, will provide networking and tools so grassroots leaders can increase and elevate the work they’re already doing to provide girls with better educational opportunities. It will also partner with GoFundMe to raise money that will “empower girls in places like India, Guatemala or Uganda.”

The Global Girls Alliance already has some big name members, including the Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and world renowned tennis player Serena Williams, who both tweeted out their support soon after the announcement was made public. “I am proud to join @MichelleObama and the Global @GirlsAlliance to stand up for adolescent girls’ education today on International #DayoftheGirl and every day!” said Williams.

The Obama Foundation has always put a pretty heavy emphasis on educational goals, but this is Michelle Obama’s first initiative that’s specifically for girls. It’s so important and so needed. And we can’t think of anyone better than Michelle Obama to lead it. Here’s to a brighter future for all girls all over the world.

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