On Friday the 8th of June, world leaders will be meeting in Charlevoix, Quebec to discuss the important issues of the day. ONE members have called on their leaders around the globe to put the education and empowerment of girls and women at the top of the agenda.
Hundreds of thousands of you signed our petition calling on Justin Trudeau and other G7 leaders to empower 100 million women to learn, earn and increase their independence. Last week, ONE’s UK Youth Ambassadors handed in your signatures to Number 10 Downing Street – all 109,547 of them!
Today we hand-delivered YOUR signatures to @10DowningStreet calling on G7 leaders to invest in women & girls at the @G7 next month. @theresa_may – you can use the G7 to ensure that women & girls have the chance to reach their full potential. #PovertyIsSexist #ONEyouth18 #MyG7 pic.twitter.com/82zQyDMbZf
— ONE Campaign UK (@ONEcampaignUK) May 22, 2018
Now, G7 leaders have the chance to ensure that women and girls reach their full potential, beginning with the first building block: the right to learn.
Educated girls become empowered women. Without education, girls’ opportunities to thrive are few and far between. Girls in crisis situations such as conflicts are particularly vulnerable to losing their right to learn. They risk missing precious years of education, and face a heightened risk of early and forced marriage and other harmful practices.
So, ONE members in the UK, alongside citizens from across the globe, sent messages to their leaders on social media last week, calling on them to support a new G7 Charlevoix Commitment on Girls’ and Women’s Education, and to work together to ensure that the declaration does not simply restate the scale and urgency of the challenge, but also commits to action. This action should be backed by new financial resources, showing that the G7 countries are serious about ensuring that all girls receive 12 years of quality education.
— Ms Hunt (@MsHunt_Teach) May 25, 2018
It’s time that girls’ education and empowerment, especially of those who are facing unimaginable crises, is put at the centre of the global agenda. ONE members have made their voices heard. Now it’s up to those in power to make the most of this opportunity.