“Let Girls Learn” and other exciting news

Happy Peace Corps Week! Peace Corps marked it’s 54th birthday with a really exciting announcement about a new collaboration with First Lady Michelle Obama on the “Let Girls Learn” initiative.

In response to the 62 million girls worldwide that are denied the education they deserve, this new program within Peace Corps will focus on three pillars:

  1. Empowering Leaders
    The initiative will increase gender awareness by delivering targeted trainings which will aim to reach thousands of Volunteers and tens of thousands of community leaders over the next six years to be champions of girls’ education.
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  2. Working Hand in Hand with Communities
    Thousands of Peace Corps Volunteers work side by side with local leaders to achieve community-based solutions through the Peace Corps Partnership Program. From a school library to a technology camp for girls, under Let Girls Learn, Peace Corps Volunteers working on gender-related projects can now apply for support through a newly established girls’ education fund.
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  3. Increasing the Impact of Peace Corps Volunteers 
    A major component of the initiative will support Peace Corps Volunteers working to break down the barriers to girls’ education in the communities they serve. Under Let Girls Learn, the Peace Corps will expand the number of Volunteers focused on advancing girls’ education and empowerment.

For the first year the project will focus on 11 countries: Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Georgia, Ghana, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Togo and Uganda. We’re excited to see the impacts this has worldwide!

Let Girls Learn, Mongolia
Girls learning in Mongolia. (LetGirlsLearn.PeaceCorps.gov)

In other news… 

Not all Nicaraguans are OK with piropos. Check out this article from El Nuevo Diario, “Piropos en la calle? No! Es Acoso”

To kick off the school year, one organization gave school supplies to support children living with HIV. “Utiles escolares para ninos con VIH”

There’s a new movement in the US to get a historic women’s face on the $20 bill to commemorate a hundred years of women’s suffrage in 2020. You can read more about the cause and vote for your pick at their website: Women on 20’s

International Women’s Day is this Sunday, March 8th! Don’t forget to celebrate!

Via Global Solutions, Pittsburgh
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