NEW YORK — Today Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive announces Glamour’s new global philanthropic initiative, The Girl Project. Launched in partnership with NGOs CARE, Plan International USA, Girls Inc., and Communities in Schools, The Girl Project will raise funds to break down the barriers to secondary education for young women all over the world. Fifty million girls worldwide are denied the right to an education; some are forced into child marriage, live in areas where education is forbidden, walk to school in fear of being kidnapped, or are unable to afford school fees. The Girl Project will help address those obstacles by allowing women in the U.S. to help support the actual schooling of girls around the globe.
Glamour has a long history of standing up for girls’ education. In 2013 Leive honored Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the teen shot by the Taliban for advocating for girls’ education, as a Glamour Woman of the Year. The magazine also covered the recent abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamic militant organization Boko Haram. Tonight at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards, 10 schoolgirls from around the world will be presented an award by Plan International Ambassador Freida Pinto for their courage and fortitude in pursuing an education against all odds.
Through Thegirlproject.com, people everywhere can help fund scholarships, after-school programs, mobile schools, and other efforts to educate girls. The program offers several ways to get involved. Donation levels starting at $5 can help a girl with school supplies, while $150 can pay for a year of school fees. Donors get to communicate directly with the girl they’re supporting at the $375 level (about $31 a month). At the $25 level they receive a personalized thank-you from a girl benefiting from the program. Thegirlproject.com is administered by Silicon Valley Community Foundation®, an organization that serves as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions, and through its donors, awards more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States.
“Our readers were energized by Malala’s bravery and wanted to know what they could do to help courageous girls like her,” says Leive. “Educating girls is proven to grow communities and even cut out the roots of terrorism. The fact that a group of women in, say, Des Moines can send a girl to school in Pakistan is one of the most optimistic acts I can think of, and we’re proud to partner with these knowledgeable organizations to help make it possible.”
In a personal letter congratulating Glamour’s schoolgirl Women of the Year honorees, First Lady Michelle Obama says, “Your commitment to education is an inspiration to me and to people all around the world…. When girls thrive, nations thrive,” she explains. “I hope you will continue to lend your voice to the fight for every girl’s right to an education, and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the years ahead.”
Glamour is proud to partner with leading organizations that fight against the many barriers preventing girls from attending school. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Plan International USA, part of the Plan International Federation, works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Girls Inc. provides girls across the U.S. and Canada with a safe environment, research-based programming and trained staff mentors to ensure girls make healthy decisions, succeed academically, set goals that include higher education, and develop life skills for adulthood. Communities in Schools, the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization dedicated to helping kids stay in school and achieve in life, operates in more than 2,200 schools in the U.S., impacting 1.3 million young people and their families each year.
Read about Glamour’s “Bravest Girls in the World,” 2014 Women of the Year Fund Honorees.
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About Condé Nast:
Condé Nast is a global media company producing the highest-quality magazines, websites, and digital content. Reaching more than 263 million consumers in 30 markets, the company’s portfolio includes many of the world’s most respected and influential media properties including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, GQ, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveller/Traveler, Architectural Digest, Wired, and Golf Digest, among others. In addition to publishing 143 magazines and more than 130 websites, the company operates a restaurant division and several ventures in education. Condé Nast Entertainment develops film, television, and premium video programming. Please visit condenast.com and condenastinternational.com.
Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Our six decades of experience show that when you empower a girl or woman, she becomes a catalyst, creating ripples of positive change that lift up everyone around her. That’s why girls and women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for everyone. We also work with girls and women to promote social justice, respond to emergencies and confront hunger and climate change. Last year CARE worked in 87 countries and reached more than 97 million people around the world. To learn more, visit care.org.
About Plan International USA:
Plan International USA is part of the Plan International Federation, a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities for generations to come and range from clean water and health care programs to education projects and child-protection initiatives. For more information, please visit planusa.org.
About Girls Inc.:
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 138,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face. Girls Inc. gives girls the right tools and support to succeed, including trained professionals who mentor and guide them in a safe, girls-only environment, peers who share their drive and aspirations, and research-based programming. At Girls Inc. girls learn to set and achieve goals, boldly confront challenges, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable, and explore nontraditional fields such as STEM. Informed by the experiences of girls and their families, Girls Inc. works with policymakers to advocate on key legislation and initiatives. With Girls Inc. in her corner, every girl can be healthy, educated, and independent. Join us at girlsinc.org.
About Communities in Schools:
Communities in Schools (CIS) is the nation’s leading dropout-prevention organization, dedicated to helping kids stay in school and achieve in life. Operating in more than 2,200 schools in the most challenged communities of 26 states and the District of Columbia, CIS is changing the picture of education for 1.3 million young people and their families each year. Communities in Schools is based directly inside schools throughout the country and connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs. Learn more about Communities in Schools at communitiesinschools.org.