The Chicago-based Obama Foundation has announced a new initiative to empower adolescent girls around the world through education.
Announced on the International Day of the Girl, the Global Girls Alliance aims to advance the efforts of organizations and individuals working to help the more than ninety-eight million adolescent girls globally who are not in school. As part of that effort, the alliance will support grassroots leaders around the world who best understand the barriers to education that girls face and the strategies needed to overcome those barriers.
To that end, the alliance will work to ensure that frontline leaders are supported with effective strategies designed to enhance and scale their work and have access to financial support. To help close the funding gap, the foundation is partnering with GoFundMe to launch a Global Girls Alliance Fund, which will directly support grassroots leaders working on girls' education, and will offer its own resources to help young people turn their passion for the issue into action.
"I'm thrilled to announce the Obama Foundation's launch of the Global Girls Alliance," said former First Lady Michelle Obama. "We want to lift up the grassroots leaders in communities all over the world who are clearing away the hurdles that too many girls face. Because the evidence is clear: educating girls isn't just good for the girls, it's good for all of us."