NEW YORK CITY - Following the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, Glamour will host a special panel discussion today about the power of educating adolescent girls. First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama; founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and U.N. Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron; former Australian Prime Minister Juilia Gillard; and Nurfahada, a girl advocate from Plan International, will join the panel, moderated by Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive. The conversation, hosted at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem and live streamed exclusively on AOL, will focus on global issues being addressed by the new government-wide Let Girls Learn initiative and Glamour's The Girl Project. The event is presented by Maybelline New York and the Harnisch Foundation.
"Right now, 62 million girls are not in school. It's important to know that these are our girls. They deserve the same changes of getting an education as my daughters, your daughters, and all of our children," said First Lady Michelle Obama at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday. "As I've traveled around the world, I have met so many of these girls, and they are so bright and so determined to make something of themselves. We need to ensure these girls fulfill their potential."
Last week, U.N. world leaders announced their commitment to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and empower all women and girls as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. On behalf of its audience of 20 million, Glamour is bringing together a thousand young event, dignitaries, and global stakeholders to support that agenda and lead a dialogue that will foster collaboration on girls' issues moving into 2016.
"There aren't too many things that change the world the way sending a girl to school does," said Cindi Leive. "Our audience is cheering for the millions of girls globally who are fighting to get the education they deserve; we started The Girl Project to help them make a difference on that issue. We're honored to partner with First Lady Michelle Obama to help raise awareness of Let Girls Learn and encourage secondary schooling for girls everywhere."
"The vulnerability of women and girls needs to be front and center to help propel much-needed change," said Charlize Theron. "We must seek to provide them with the tools and access to share their own futures and live healthy, productive, lives. Education is the linchpin."
During the event, actress and activist Sophia Bush will officially kick off her tenure as an advisory board member for The Girl Project and act as the day's social media correspondent. The Glamour audience can follow along with Bush throughout the discussion on social media for behind-the-scenes photos, conversations with girls in the audience, and more.
The Girl Project is dedicated to giving at-risk girls the tools they need every day: school supplies, safe transportation to school, tuition scholarships, after-school programs, training for their teachers, and more. Let Girls Learn is an initiative seeking to help the more than 62 million girls who are not in school around the world—half of which are adolescent age—go to school and stay in school.
Google for Education will capture today's panel discussion on film in an effort to reach students across the globe through the World's Largest Lesson, which aims to engage children and young people to build a more sustainable future for every citizen. Girls from classrooms in Kenya, Ghana, and the Philippines will be putting forth questions to the panel via recorded video. In turn, the taped discussion will be shared with schools to incorporate into future lesson plans on girls' education. More than 105 Ministries of Education have signed up to support the World's Largest Lession, meaning a potential 500 million girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 14 will have the chance to learn about the Global Goals. The World's Largest Lesson is part of the Global Goals Campaign, which aims to reach 7 billion people in seven days with news of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
As the founding beauty sponsor of Glamour's The Girl Project, Maybelline New York continues its efforts to make an impact with this initiative by participating in today's historic event. The cosmetic brand first announced its philanthropic partnership with Glamour's The Girl Project at its 100 Years Celebration in May 2015.
Maybelline New York is especially honored to be part of today's groundbreaking event with Glamour and the First Lady," said David Greenberg, President of Maybelline New York—Garnier—essie. "We have spent 100 years helping women seize their power and achieve their goals. Young women across America need—and deserve—that same skill set, starting with a secondary education where they can start believe in that they can overcome their inner doubt, graduate high school, and make things happen in their lives."
AOL is the exclusive livestream partner for Glamour The Power of an Educated Girl event. AOL is dedicated to unleashing its technology to empower audiences to learn more about causes and support them easily. Tune in live at AOL.com/glamourforedu.
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About The Girl Project
The Girl Project, Glamour's global philanthropic initiative in partnership with NGOs Communities In Schools, CARE, Plan International USA, and Girls Inc., raised 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 helps address those obstacles by allowing women in the U.S. to help support the actual schooling of girls around the blog. For more information, visit TheGirlProject.com.
Glamour is the biggest fashion and beauty magazine brand in its competitive set, reaching an all-time high of one out of eight American women, with 11 million print readers and 9 million unique users online. Glamour has received a record number of National Magazine Awards, including Magazine of the Year, honoring print and digital excellence, and General Excellence for its category. Its content is available in an iPad edition, apps, podcasts, and books&mdashincluding two
About Maybelline New York
Maybelline New York is the number-one cosmetics brand in the world, available in over 100 countries. By combining technologically advanced formulations with on-trend expertise and New York City edge, Maybelline New York's mission is to offer innovative, accessible, and effortless cosmetics for every woman. For more information, visit www.maybelline.com. Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline.
About the Apollo Theater
The legendary Apollo Theater—the soul of American culture— plays a vital role in cultivating emerging talents and launching legends. Since is founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world.
With music at its core, the Apollo's programming extends to dance, theater, performance art, spoken world initiatives, and more. This includes the October 2014 premiere and 2015 international tour of the dance celebration project "James Brown: Get on the Good Foot," the annual Africa Now! Festival, Apollo Club Harlem, and the Upcoming New York premier of the opera Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD. The Apollo is a presenting organization that also produces festivals, and large-scale dance and music works organized around a set of core initiatives: Apollo Music Signature Programs (Amateur Night, Salon Series, Apollo Music Café; Legacy Series), work that celebrates and extends the Apollo's legacy through a contemporary lens; Global Festivals including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival and Breakin' Convention, international and U.S.-based artist presentations focused on a specific theme; and Special Projects, multidisciplinary work with partner organizations.
Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms, and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are D'Angelo, Lauren Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, Miri Ben-Ari, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder; and the Apollo's forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy.
The Apollo Theater is a not-for-profit organization and currently in the midst of fundraising for its 21st Century Apollo Campaign, created to extend the institutions' role in fostering artistic innovation and building appreciation of American culture around the world. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.