Blake Lively and Natalie Portman may both have babies on the brain these days, but that may in fact be why they’ve joined a whopping 79 other celebs including Lady Gaga, Charlize Theron, Robin Wright and Isla Fisher in penning an open letter for girls’ education.
As part of a campaign from ONE, which aims to end poverty and disease all over the world, the letter begins by addressing all world leaders, explaining, “You couldn’t be where you are today without a good education. But because poverty is sexist, 130 million girls across the world are denied this basic right. Indeed, if the number of girls out of school formed a country, it would be the 10th largest on the planet — bigger than Japan or Germany.”
After further breaking down the sitch which women and girls around the world face when seeking education, the letter continues, “We are coming together and uniting across our divides to get every girl into school and to make sure she gets a quality education once she’s there. But we need you to do the same. Your education helped you to get where you are today — and it is in your power to help millions of girls to get theirs. Please act now, with the right policies and the necessary funds. Show us that politics can work for the people — starting with the people who need it most.”
Bravo, celebs! Way to put your fame to good use!
And it’s not just the famous folks who can make a difference. If you’d like to add your name to the open letter, you’re definitely encouraged to do so.
Now let’s just hope the world leaders listen.
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