10.11.12 International Day of the Girl
Thanks to the tireless efforts of AUDACIA participant Plan International, and its partners, the United Nations has declared October 11, 2012 to be the first-ever International Day of the Girl. ...
Dr. Donna Blackwell to Lead Global Forum for Girls’ Education
Dr. Donna Blackwell has been selected to be executive director of the Global Forum for Girls’ Education, a new initiative of Emma Willard School designed to help millions of girls around the world go to school. She is the former CEO of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and Vice President for Marketing Communications at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
“Dr. Blackwell’s extensive professional experience and her understanding of the barriers to education girls face around the world and in the United States assure that the Forum will succeed,” said Trudy E. Hall, Emma Willard’s head of school. “She is a visionary who is dedicated to improving the lives of children worldwide.”
According to Dr. Blackwell, “The Forum grew out of a desire to find solutions to the violence, poverty, and cultural beliefs that prevent over 90 million girls from going to school. The overarching goal of the Forum is to ensure every girl everywhere has the opportunity to obtain a good elementary and secondary education.”
The Global Forum for Girls’ Education is designed to facilitate collaborations between people who have effective solutions and people who have resources and make public policy—ultimately opening the doors to education for millions of girls and catapulting the movement to a new level.
The Global Forum for Girls’ Education will take place in the latter half of 2011; sites in New York and other parts of the country are being considered. It will be an invitational gathering of educators, philanthropists, visionaries, technologists, businesspersons, humanitarian aid providers, social entrepreneurs, government officials and policy makers, and other concerned people from around the world who are committed to equality for girls.
“Educated girls have the power to improve their lives and that of their families and participate fully as citizens of their countries. The Forum will foster new alliances and prospects that will give millions of girls these opportunities,” states Dr. Blackwell. The catalyst and founding sponsor for the Global Forum for Girls’ Education is Emma Willard School. As the oldest non-denominational girls school in the United States, it has established the Global Forum in honor of its extraordinary founder, Emma Willard, and its nearly 200-years of educating girls and advocating for girls’ education worldwide.