This week, Charlize Theron, Sophia Bush, and more spoke to over 1,000 girls about the importance of education in NYC at a panel hosted by Glamour!
The magazine’s “The Power of an Educated Girl” panel, held at the legendary Apollo Theater and presented by Maybelline New York and the Harnisch Foundation, brought together Charlize, Sophia, First Lady Michelle Obama, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Plan International girl advocate Nurfahada. The ladies spoke with these young girls about why school is so important, and what they can do to make changes in the world to make sure other girls can receive quality education as well.
Sophia emceed the event, and stated to the audience: “There are over 62 million girls around the world who want an education—and can’t get it. Today we’re going to talk about what we can do to change all of that. Everyone in this room can do something to help—we really want you to think about that—every single one of you is powerful enough to help change the world.”
Charlize showed the connection between education with her work help to prevent HIV/AIDS in Africa through her own Africa Outreach Project. “Something as vital as education should not be left up to the lottery of geography or gender,” she said. “Most of the problems we have in the world are because half the population doesn’t have access to education. Stopping AIDS lies within education—they’re so interconnected, you can’t do one without the other.”
This event comes on the heels of the First Lady and President Barack Obama launching Let Girls Learn, a government-wide initiative that supports and encourages “community-led solutions to reduce barriers that prevent adolescent girls from completing their education.”
Girl power! I truly believe more panels like this are necessary to bring together women and girls especially to discuss education and more topics. I’m sure that these young girls left inspired and motivated hearing from these female leaders!
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