This morning, the First Lady sent the following message to the White House email list, highlighting a new campaign to raise awareness about the millions of girls who are locked out of brighter futures because they can't get the education they deserve. Learn more about how you can help create awareness around this issue. Didn't get the First Lady's email? Sign up for email updates here.
Hi everyone --
Right now, more than 62 million girls worldwide are out of school.
Many of them simply can't afford the school fees, or the nearest school is miles away and they don’t have safe transportation to get there -- or maybe there's a school nearby, but it doesn't have adequate bathroom facilities for girls. And for many girls, the obstacles they face aren't just about resources, but about cultural norms and traditions that deem girls unworthy of an education.
That's why yesterday, along with Girl Rising, we announced a new education campaign called 62 Million Girls -- and we need you to join right now:
Those photos will be posted to Girl Rising's yearbook at 62MillionGirls.com, and you'll help us raise awareness about all the girls who aren’t in school and show the power of education to transform their lives.
That's why earlier this year, the President and I launched an initiative called Let Girls Learn. Working with the Peace Corps, businesses and organizations, and countries across the globe, we're helping adolescent girls worldwide go to school. Now, the 62 Million Girls campaign is working to raise awareness for this cause and for these girls.
As I've traveled the world, I have met so many of these girls -- and they are so bright, so determined and so eager to learn.
I see myself in these girls. I see my daughters in these girls. These girls are our girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them.
First Lady Michelle Obama