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#GirlsCount: ONE’s new campaign for girls’ education

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130 million girls didn’t go to school today.

Not because they didn’t want to, but because they weren’t given the chance.

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.

This is a global crisis—we need to sound the alarm to our elected officials. It’s up to us to push them to mobilize resources and support key policy reforms that get these girls in school.

130 million is a big number. But this isn’t about numbers: It’s about real girls with hopes and dreams being denied the fair chance of a future.

So on March 8—International Women’s Day—we’re going to make the world pay attention to these girls by counting them.

One by one.

Out loud.

All the way to 130 million.

One number for every girl denied an education.

We’re asking you to join us in creating something that can’t be ignored. If one person did this alone it would take them more than five years, so we’re going to come together across all our divides to get this done.

This will take as little as five minutes of your time. People of all countries, faiths, races, genders, and political ideologies are welcome. Everyone will take the same action: Claim a number and film yourself counting it out loud for our elected officials to hear and see.

Because #GirlsCount.

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