Nowhere on earth do women have as many opportunities as men. Nowhere. But for girls and women in the poorest countries, that inequality is amplified.

We won’t end extreme poverty until we break down the barriers holding girls and women back.

Sexism is global – the fight against it should be too. Join the movement and use your voice to call for change. We’re almost 8 million strong already, but we’ll be even more powerful with you.

Here’s how you can get involved…

ACT NOW: GIRLS COUNT


130 million girls don’t have access to education.
So we’re asking the world to count them, one by one.

Choose your number, then add a video or photo of yourself counting it.

We’ll deliver your message to leaders and urge them to act, so that every girl gets the chance to reach her full potential.

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130 million girls are out of school but our leaders have the power to change that.

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If you care, Act. Add your name today.

You wouldn’t be where you are today without an education – and it's in your power RIGHT NOW to help these girls get access to an education.

If you care, ACT. Add your name to our letter, and we’ll deliver it to leaders all across the globe.

A Letter to Leaders

You couldn’t be where you are today without a good education.

But because poverty is sexist, 130 million girls across the world are denied this basic right. Indeed, if the number of girls out of school formed a country, it would be the tenth largest on the planet – bigger than Japan or Germany.

All children deserve a good education, but in the poorest countries girls are denied it more often than boys. Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community and her country.

We cannot afford to squander the potential of 130 million girls to cure diseases or end wars, invent brilliant technology or revolutionise an industry… or simply to access opportunity.

We are coming together and uniting across our divides to get every girl into school and to make sure she gets a quality education once she’s there.

But we need you to do the same.

Your education helped you to get where you are today – and it is in your power to help millions of girls to get theirs. Please act now, with the right policies and the necessary funds.

Show us that politics can work for the people – starting with the people who need it most.

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Educating every girl to secondary level in sub-Saharan Africa could help save the lives of 1.2 million children. Yet it costs less than a loaf of bread to educate a girl for a day.

There is a wealth of evidence to show that an educated country is one that is healthier, wealthier and more stable – and that universal, quality education is one of the best antidotes to poverty.

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