Thursday, October 11, 2012

International Day of the Girl


This week we are going to educate ourselves on (or learn more about) child marriage. Today is International Day of the Girl and Care as well as other groups are focusing on the girl and education. According to Care there are “60 million girls around the world forced into marriage before the age of 18”. The other significant thing about that is that means there are 60 million girls without an education that goes through secondary school. A cool and promising fact is that girls who complete secondary school are 6 times less likely to become a child bride. So this week I want you to become informed on the situation. Care’s site is awesome, has a ton of information and facts, and also things for you to do, like spread the word to your friends. They have some great facts that you can post on Facebook or Twitter as well as many other things. You can also check out videos and stories from Half the Sky which aired on PBS last week or visit She’s the First, a not-for-profit that focuses on girls education in the developing world. There is so much you can do so this week so all I’m asking is that you take a few minutes and visit either Care, the website for Half the Sky, or She’s the First and try to learn a few things.

Until next time,
Annie

She’s the First: http://www.shesthefirst.org/

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