A $4 Trillion Price Tag
According to a recent study in The Guardian, child marriage will cost the world 4 trillion dollars by 2030. The study goes on to share that not only would ending child marriage save governments and donors hundreds of billions annually, it would also rein in population growth and improve lives.
Create the Future
Congratulations to ElsaMarie D’Silva, 2017 Global Leadership Awards Honoree, and her organization Safecity, on qualifying for the “Create the Future” design contest. You can support ElsaMarie here by casting a vote for Safecity. Learn more about what ElsaMarie and other women in our global network of leaders and change-makers are up to.
Over the course of a year, our #AVitalVoice campaign will tell the story of 100 courageous Vital Voices Network women across the globe. Last month, we profiled Ariela Suster, a fashion entrepreneur working to end gang violence in El Salvador. Ariela’s story was shared by Chief Brand Officer of Uber, Bozoma Saint John. Be sure to follow along on social media as we continue to shine a spotlight on these incredible leaders!
Building a Global Community
The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership Program held an International Alumnae Component in Kathmandu, Nepal from June 19-21. Check out this blog authored by Becca Bycott, Social Media Manager with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, on the power of mentorship.
World Refugee Month
Last month, the world observed “World Refugee Month,” marking World Refugee Day on June 20th. Women and girls bear a disproportionate burden of the global Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons crisis. Learn more about the passionate advocate, Nadia Bushnaq, and other remarkable women in the Vital Voices network who are combating this crisis.
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BEFORE YOU GO…
- Have you heard about the “Hidden Figures Effect?” A new generation of women leaders are emerging.
- These teen girls have invented a solar powered housing solution for the homeless. Talk about girl POWER.
- Kenya is giving girls free sanitary pads with hope to boost school attendance. A bold step for women and girls in Kenya.