“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.” – United Nations Resolution 66/170
On Tuesday October 11, we’ll be celebrating the Day of the Girl: a day set aside by the United Nations since 2011, to discuss and take action to advance girls’ right to education. A UNESCO study on gender parity in education highlights that in the world today, “one out of eight children between the ages of 6 and 15 are denied a basic education, and girls are the first to be excluded.” More than 63 million girls are currently out of school.
On Tuesday at 11:15am EST, our broadcast partners at Skype TX will be teaming up with Glamour Magazine to host a live Skype call with First Lady Michelle Obama and Glamour’s Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, as they lead a global discussion on education inequality. They’ll be joined by actress and activist Yara Shahidi, along with 150 school-aged girls form The Girl Project and Let Girls Learn. From the Newseum in Washington D.C., they’ll connect via Skype with girls from Tanzania, Peru, Jordan and the UK to share the experiences and challenges they face in obtaining quality education.
Throughout the day, we’ll also be sharing updates on pre-stream discussions and activities from Clara Tsao, White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, currently on civic leave from Microsoft.