Celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Natalie Portman, Danai Gurira and Charlize Theron have signed an open letter in support of education for girls.
The letter is the brainchild of ONE, a campaign organisation, who are supporting the need to provide education to over 130 million girls around the globe.
The letter reads, “You couldn’t be where you are today without good education.”
“But because poverty is sexist, 130 million girls across the world are denied this basic right.”
“Indeed, if the number of girls out of school formed a country, it would be the tenth largest on the planet – bigger than Japan or Germany.”
“All children deserve a good education, but in the poorest countries, girls are denied it more often than boys.”
“Education is vital for moving out of poverty.”
“Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community, and her country.”
“Your education helped you to get where you are today – and it is in your power to help millions of girls get theirs.”
“Please act now, with the right policies and necessary funds.”
“Show us that politics can work for the people – starting with the people who need it most.”
Other celebrities such as Ryan Reynolds, Arianna Huffington, Blake Lively, Neil Patrick Harris, Robin Wright and Sheryl Sandberg have signed the letter in support.
ONE is also encouraging the general public to sign the letter, which will be delivered to world leaders and authorities on 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day. To sign the letter, click here.