130 million girls need you.
The latest ONE Campus campaign toolkit is out. And the issue this campaign focuses on is one that ONE Campus members will find not only familiar, but personal. It’s about girls’ education and that’s fitting because you know wholeheartedly the power of an education.
Unfortunately, access to education is denied to nearly 130 million girls around the world. Education is vital for ending poverty, and because poverty is sexist, most of those 130 million girls live in the world’s poorest countries. Foreign aid programs are essential to helping provide access to education for women and girls. Education is key to eradicating extreme poverty and ensuring an education for girls and women is one of the best ways to ensure that impoverished communities can lift themselves up and thrive.
That’s why this campaign is focused on continuing to protect the international affairs budget by calling on your Senators to support foreign aid and programs that put girls in school.
There’s a momentum to this campaign- this summer the READ Act, a bill ONE Campus members were campaigning on in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, was passed and signed into law. That’s one step in the right direction in helping these girls get back into school. Your actions in the form of handwritten, personalized letters to your Senators are vital in getting the issue of girls’ education on the radar of your elected officials.
And don’t forget to save the date: Wednesday, October 11th is International Day of the Girl. Like International Women’s Day, ONE has some big plans. Stay tuned for more information.
What do you think? Does the fact that 130 million girls are out of school make you angry? If so, do something. Organize, act, and repeat. What are you waiting for? Here’s the toolkit. Now go out there and crush it.