Two of the most influential and powerful women in the world have come together to promote a very worthy cause – the right for every girl to have an education.
Michelle Obama, with support from Beyonce, launched her #62MillionGirls initiative during a star-studded Global Citizen Festival, held in New York City’s Central Park.
The event, featuring music from Queen B herself, Pearl Jam and Ed Sheeran as well as an appearance from Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, was bursting with inspiring figures encouraging their fans to make a difference and take action of the world’s biggest challenges.
The campaign aims to give girls the economic and social opportunities to stay in school with the mission statement rightly explaining, “When girls aren’t given the chance to realise their potential, the whole world loses out.”
The first lady asked the crowd to get involved instantly, by sharing a selfie on Twitter or Instagram along with one thing that they learned in school – all while using the using the hashtag #62MillionGirls. Obama even spilled on what she credits school for teaching her – how to “speak up”.
Plenty of celebrities have been pledging their support for the initiative, with the President Obama tweeting,
“I’m grateful for the teachers who helped spark my sense of curiosity. The #62MillionGirls who aren’t in school should have that same chance.”
Kerry Washington, star of “Scandal”, tweeted,
“In school I learned to apply cultural & historical context. #62MillionGirls don’t have that chance 62milliongirls.com.”
Mindy Kaling was another celeb who shared her story.
“I was all smiles because I got to go to school and be myself. #62MillionGirls don’t have that chance. Let’s end that.”