So today is International Day of the Girl, a day that since 2012 has been marked the day that aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges that girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. I work closely with ONE Campaign and you guys may have seen me talk about this on my Instagram stories earlier today, however, as stories disappear after 24 hours, I wanted to write this blog post so that you could read the information, take your time with it and hopefully share it with others.
Above is a photograph of me in my school uniform about to go to school. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my education, but the crazy thing is, 130 MILLION girls won’t go to school today. They won’t go tomorrow…they won’t go to school next week. Just to help you imagine how many people that is, if those 130 million girls formed a country, it would be the 10th largest in the world, the size of the UK and France combined. It’s hard to get your head around.
Reading has always been an enormous passion of mine, the first ‘big girl book’ I read was Pretty Polly by Dick King-Smith, I read it when I was six. I was part of a reading club at my school and absolutely loved writing little reviews of books I’d read or sharing thoughts about different books with my friends and teachers. The fact that nearly half a billion women globally cannot read because they never learned how breaks my heart. It’s worse in some of the world’s toughest places, for example, 73% of girls in South Sudan don’t go to primary school, it’s completely unthinkable.
I could go on, but I’d rather this blog post is quick to read, to the point and reaches as many people as possible. The bottom line is, this is NOT okay, which is why I have joined the ONE Campaign to make sure every girl counts. You can join their amazing #GirlsCount initiative by visiting https://girlscount.one.org.
I really appreciate when you guys get involved with things like this, putting the pressure on our world leaders to make changes seriously works. Together, we can make a difference.