If you follow us on social media, you might have heard that Michelle Obama and Melinda Gates posted an op-ed on CNN highlighting the importance of education for adolescent girls. It is a poignant and inspiring editorial echoing research and beliefs that are at the core of our East African Girls' Leadership Summit and Mentor Program and is the reason we launched our Sauti Ya Dada program during these uncertain times.
In fact, Michelle and Melinda mention some of our adapted programming in the article. See if you can spot the shout out to Creative Action Institute!
We are honored to be among the grassroots organizations in the Girls Opportunity Alliance and to be recognized for our work with adolescent girls in East Africa. We hope there will be a day when girls everywhere have access to education and are encouraged to ignite their inner leaders. As Michelle and Melinda write:
"When girls are given the chance to learn and thrive, poverty drops, economies grow, families get stronger and babies are born healthier. The world, by every measure, gets better. So as we continue to work together to solve the challenges posed by Covid-19, we must take strong action to make sure girls everywhere have a chance to learn, to stay healthy and to stay safe -- not just for their sake, but for all of ours."