Poverty Is Sexist

In low-income countries, girls are less likely to get a decent education, less likely to have the same opportunities for work, and less likely to have a say in their own lives than their brothers.

In 2015, ONE launched the Poverty is Sexist campaign to highlight the fact that girls and women globally are being denied the opportunities that they rightfully deserve.
By banding together with like-minded communities through Poverty is Sexist, ONE was able to reach new audiences and achieve real wins for real women and girls.


  • We launched a campaign in 2015 to highlight the extremity of gender inequality around the world.
    In 2016 Oprah Winfrey, Melinda Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Bono, Sir Elton John, and Muhammad Ali, among others, joined our call for global gender equality.
  • More than 1 million people signed our petition.
  • We launched our Strong Girl video anthem featuring some of Africa’s biggest female stars to raise awareness in advance of the African Union summit.
  • In 2017 more than 750,000 supporters around the world signed our Girls Count petition highlighting the that over 130 million girls were out of school around the world and calling on world leaders to end this global crisis 30,000 ONE supporters sang, danced, painted, made posters, and shouted from the rooftops to tell the world that all #GirlsCount.
  • In March 2019, 45 activists from across the African continent co-signed our open letter on gender equality. Since then, we’ve been working closely with many members of this fantastic community, elevating their voices in the press, on social media and at global decision-making events.


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