Around the world today, 130 million girls didn't go to school. Not because they didn’t want to, but because they weren’t able or allowed. They are denied an education for a variety of reasons, from cultural norms and costs to violence and extremism. The result is that these 130 million girls don’t have a fair chance to live a decent and productive life, and the entire world misses out by not benefitting from their potential.
That is why UNDEF has joined the ONE campaign ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, with the aim of making the world pay attention to these girls by counting them, one by one, out loud, all the way to 130 million, in a video that will make people listen. and for elected officials to hear and see. Because #GirlsCount.
You can view the segment with UNDEF Executive Head Annika Savill here, focusing on Pippi Longstocking -- the strongest girl in the world. This was Annika Savill's message: "1907. Because it is the birth year of Astrid Lindgren, who gave the world Pippi Làngstrump, the original girl power. Because every girl deserves the power that comes with knowing how to read and count. Join the count at ONE.org.”.
You can also record and contribute your own segment by claiming a number here.
The campaign will meet politicians and leaders around the world on 8 March to ask them to help provide the resources for girls education, and to remove the barriers that exist. Already over 250,000 people have signed the campaign's open letter, and many more are expected to join. Sign it here.
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization founded by Bono and other activists. Strictly non-partisan, it has engaged more than seven million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa -- based on the belief that the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality.