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10 Inspiring Reasons to Lift Up Girls

© 2013 Ammala Thomisith/World Vision

© 2013 Ammala Thomisith/World Vision

Following Women Deliver, a global conference to address maternal health and the importance of empowering women and girls, the Girl Effect put together a list of  ’10 Inspiring Reasons to Put Girls First.’

1. “We have joined together to raise our voices in a single call to action – girls’ and women’s health and rights must be prioritised today, tomorrow and every day until our work is done. Because we know: when girls and women survive, all of us thrive.” – Jill Sheffield, founder, Women Deliver

2. “If we don’t put a girl first, if we don’t start with a girl, we may never have the opportunity to help her as a woman. If you address a girl’s issues across the board, you have a really good chance of ensuring that she will have an opportunity to live a long and healthier life – changing both her life and her family’s.” – Kathy Calvin, president and CEO, United Nations Foundation

3. “I visited the girl effect tree – the hopes and dreams of girls around the world that we must all help realise.” – Melinda Gates, co-chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

4. “The opportunity to invest in an adolescent girl’s education is not only shifting her trajectory, but actually fundamentally creating much more inclusive societies; and creating economic growth, which is much more equitable.” – Reeta Roy, president and CEO, The MasterCard Foundation

5. “Our girls are asking for social and economic empowerment. Education, education, education and education.” – Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, general secretary, World YWCA

6. “I’m lucky to have had tremendous opportunities just by virtue of having been born in America. We have a responsibility to do everything we can to make sure that other girls have the rights and opportunities that we had.” – Chelsea Clinton, the Clinton Foundation

Read the rest of the list here

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