NEW YORK CITY—November 10, 2014— Today Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive announced Glamour’s new global philanthropic initiative, The Girl Project. Launched in partnership with NGOs Communities In Schools, CARE, Plan International USA and Girls Inc., 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 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. 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. 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.
To read about Glamour’s “Bravest Girls in the World,” the 2014 Women of the Year Fund Honorees, visit: http://glmr.me/13p8G9b.
Working directly in more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. For the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.