Obama launches a global alliance for girls' education

On International Girls' Day, the Obama Foundation launches the Global Girls Alliance campaign to promote girls' access to education. The initiative was presented today by Michelle Obama.

Today's International Girl's Day (October 11) is being celebrated under the motto: "With them: a generation of girls is ready," with various initiatives carried out by the UN Women to support girls around the world so that they feel inspired, innovate and take control of their future.

One of the initiatives is led by Michelle Obama and seeks to empower adolescents through access to education. It will support community leaders who are willing to understand the specific challenges of girls and to implement the strategies needed to overcome them.

The Global Girls Alliance will also aim to mobilize people in the US and other parts of the world by encouraging them to support the program that will make donations through the fund-raising website GoFundMe.

In the video that launches the campaign, Aretha Franklin's song 'Think' is used. Aretha Franklin died last August 16, and was also a women's rights activist.

There are 1.1 billion girls worldwide who challenge the status quo and who want to redefine how they live their teenage years against all odds.

Throughout the world, girls face difficulties that prevent them from gaining access to education and entry into the labor market. They have less access to information technologies, communications and resources, such as the Internet, where the global gender disparity is growing.

A quarter of the young people, mostly women, are unemployed or do not receive education or vocational training.

This year alone, 12 million girls under the age of 18 will get married and 21 million between the ages of 15 and 19 will become pregnant in developing regions.

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