Former first lady Michelle Obama is back in business. On Thursday, which marked the sixth International Day of the Girl, she announced the launch of a new education initiative for young girls across the globe.

The Global Girls Alliance, a new international program by the Obama Foundation, has the goal of supporting grassroots leaders who understand the specific challenges teenage girls in their communities face. By supporting local leadership instead of outsiders, the program seeks to allow people within their own community to come up with the best strategies to help these adolescent girls achieve their potential through education.

“We’re seeking to empower adolescent girls around the world through education, so that they can support their families, communities and countries,” the former first lady wrote in an op-ed for CNN. “The evidence is clear. Girls who attend secondary school earn higher salaries, have lower infant and maternal mortality rates, and are less likely to contract malaria and HIV. And studies have shown that educating girls isn’t just good for the girls, it’s good for all of us.”

Today on International #DayoftheGirl, the @ObamaFoundation is proud to launch the #GlobalGirlsAlliance—a program to empower adolescent girls around …read more

Source:: Refinery29


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