NEW YORK—Today, former First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of the Global Girls Alliance, a new Obama Foundation program that seeks to empower adolescent girls around the world through education.
Right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls are not in school, and yet an educated girl can lift up her family, her community, and her country. The Global Girls Alliance aims to advance the efforts of organizations and individuals doing this work by driving public awareness and action. As part of this effort, the Alliance will help support grassroots leaders around the world who best understand the unique challenges girls face in their local communities and the strategies needed to overcome these barriers.
“I’m thrilled to announce the Obama Foundation’s launch of the Global Girls Alliance,” said Mrs. Obama. “We want to lift up the grassroots leaders in communities all over the world who are clearing away the hurdles that too many girls face. Because the evidence is clear: educating girls isn’t just good for the girls, it’s good for all of us.”
The Global Girls Alliance will amplify this work being done around the world to empower adolescent girls through education by:
Mrs. Obama announced the initiative on a special 8 am hour of the Today Show devoted to the International Day of the Girl.
“Through Mrs. Obama’s passion for this issue, our aim is to drive global attention, awareness, and action—and generate commitments to help empower adolescent girls around the world, so that they can, in turn, support their families, communities, and countries,” said Obama Foundation CEO David Simas.
Learn more at obama.org/girls-opportunity-alliance/.