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

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Girls Count

130 million girls didn’t go to school today. Not because they didn’t want to, but because they weren’t given the chance.

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.

If you believe ALL #GirlsCount, choose your number. Join the count. Fight for girls’ education.


International Womens Day 2017

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 revolutionize 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's 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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