“You couldn’t be where you are today without a good education.”
It’s a bold statement and so far this year, over 300,000 ONE members have told world leaders exactly that. It’s taken from a powerful open letter that we launched as part of our Poverty is Sexist campaign demanding world leaders invest in providing decent education for girls around the world.
The challenge is huge – over 130 million girls across the world are denied a basic education. Indeed, if the number of girls out of school formed a country, it would be the 10th largest on the planet – bigger than Japan or Germany.
We can’t 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.
So what can you do to help, right now?
We need our open letter to be seen by the people in the UK who have the power to change the lives of those girls who are not in education – MPs. You can help make that happen by delivering a copy of the letter to your local MP’s office.
MPs get many emails every week, so a hand-delivered letter will really stand out and have a much greater impact. A few minutes of your time will make a big difference to this campaign – and there will be thousands of people like you doing the same across the UK.
Here are the four simple steps you need to take:
1. Find out who your MP is:
This is simple! Just click here and enter your postcode.
2. Find out where their local constituency office is:
After you enter your postcode in the step above, it’ll generate your MPs constituency and address. Each MP will have a local office in your area. This is Debbie Abrahams’, MP for Oldham, local office.
3. Print off the Poverty is Sexist open letter and fill in your details.
You can find a printable version of our Poverty is Sexist letter here. Just fill out your details on the second page and print it off! If you do not have a printer, we can post it to you. Just email [email protected] with your details.
4. Deliver the letter to the local office and take a photo of yourself outside.
Once you’ve found the address and you’ve printed the letter, just pop down to the local office and pop the letter through the letterbox! Please take a picture so we can share all the photos. If you’re camera shy, you can just take a photo of the letter or the office!
5. Relax – knowing you’ve done something to help others.
Pop the kettle on, job done.