As part of its Poverty is Sexist campaign, ONE is promoting #GirlsCount to draw attention to the crisis – and opportunity – around girls’ education and demonstrate why educating girls is a smart investment. A report issued in conjunction with the campaign exposes how educating a girl for a day costs less than a loaf of bread or a daily newspaper. Yet this is one of the best bets we can make. Educating every girl to secondary level in sub-Saharan Africa could help save the lives of 1.2 million children.
"Educating girls to the same level as boys could benefit developing countries to the tune of at least $112 billion a year," said ONE. "It also helps stabilise societies that are vulnerable to extremism. Failing to make such an impactful and cost effective investment now amounts to an emergency that we cannot ignore."
ONE's #Girlscount gives supporters the opportunity to take a public stance. Here is how it works. Click on this site. First, recognize that 130 million girls don't have access to education. Then, join the world in counting them one by one. Next, pick an available number from a gallery that is provided, record yourself counting it in a film or photo. "Your count will join others as we try to make the world's longest video, urging our leaders to get girls into school.
CARE's Walk in Her Shoes
CARE is asking supporters to join in the Walk in her Shoes campaign to highlight the plight of marginalized women and girls. This effort involves some walking (and counting your steps).
Here's how it works:
1. Sign up for CARE's Walk In Her Shoes.
2. During the one-week period of March 8-14, walk 10,000 steps each day. Track your steps to see how many steps you take each day.
3. After you register, you'll raise critical funds for CARE programs. Raising as little as $30 can make a difference in the life of a child to enable them to walk to school with two pairs of shoes.
4. Engage your friends and participate wherever you are – whether that's in your neighborhood, walking to and from your errands or in your corporate gym.
Join us while you still can; register today. Together, we will change the lives of women and girls in poverty all over the world. On March 8-14, 2017, thousands of committed, compassionate people will join CARE for this unique fundraising event and walking challenge to show their support for marginalized women and girls in poverty. Will you show your support for them, too?
For more information, send an e-mail message (firstname.lastname@example.org) to CARE or call 800-521-2273