My daughter is currently attending grad school, as are six of her closest high school friends/soccer teammates. All girls from typical middle-class American families, all in their early 20s. They are the lucky ones. Compared to women their age in developing countries, they each have opportunities that simply aren’t available to these other girls. But, that could change, and that change could come from you.
Today’s post is from my daughter, a heartfelt plea to “be the change you want to see in the world today…”
School has been going well! I can’t deny that some days are so depressing… We discuss a lot of areas in the U.S. and abroad that need so much help. These places are being destroyed from the inside out and it’s so devastating to see the places and the children suffering.
But, with that struggle is the call to act. The Girl Effect was introduced to me in a class presentation. After class, I immediately looked up their website and what I could do to help.
The Girl Effect is looking to spread awareness and look for supporters around the world. I invite you to write your own Girl Effect blog posts this week, October 4-11. You can find more information and help at Girl Effect Blogging Campaign.
It’s hard to fathom that out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls. This is especially difficult to understand compared to the US’s “girl power” society where women outnumber men in colleges. Thirty-eight percent of girls in developing nations marry before age 18. I just turned 22 and cannot imagine how different my life would be if I was married and already had up to 2 or 3 children. I’m so grateful to have the choice to stay in school and lead my life the way I want. Not all girls around the world have that luxury.
If you want to end poverty and help the developing world, the best thing you can do is invest time, energy, and funding into adolescent girls. It’s called the Girl Effect, because girls are uniquely capable of investing in their communities and making the world better. Volunteer with the Girl Scouts, become a mentor for young girls, or donate to the Girl Effect today. We can change the lives of millions of young girls and their futures.