Famous Faces help launch the Girls Stand #UpForSchool campaign by sharing their school pictures online
Sarah Brown tweeted her school picture to mark International Women’s Day
To mark International Women’s Day 2015, Theirworld President Sarah Brown and many others have posted their school pictures to help launch the Girls Stand #UpForSchool petition and show their support for the millions of girls currently starved of a chance to go to school and learn.
There are approximately 31 million girls denied their right to education. At least two-thirds of these girls are never expected to enroll in school and over 500 million girls will drop out before completing their basic education. The odds are even worse for girls living in areas affected by conflict and emergencies.
Sarah Brown said: “Education is pivotal in changing, and often saving, the lives of hundreds of thousands of girls and women each year. We need to make sure it can change the lives of the 31 million girls who still do not receive a single day at school.
“This International Women’s Day we can all stand #UpForSchool for the next generation and ensure that they have the opportunity to grow, learn at school and lead.”
In 2000 world leaders made a promise, enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals, of universal primary education in 2015. The Girls Stand #UpForSchool is part of a wider campaign using this unique window of opportunity to build the biggest petition in history to be delivered to world leaders in September 2015 to demand this promise of universal education is met.