Today the White House announced the launching of Let Girls Learn, an initiative led by Michelle Obama to educate young girls around the world in order to gain access to economic opportunities and to fight against disease, forced marriage, and violence that disproportionately affects under-educated girls. This program is a step towards President Obama's promise to start a global education fund.
Unlike other misdirected efforts to empower women from around the world, especially in the Middle East, Let Girls Learn takes into account certain global complexities and ingrained gender norms that impact international women's potential for empowerment. Education is a proven force of social change, and enrolling girls in school early on will likely 'improve the quality of life for herself, her family, and her community,' as well as push back against misogynist attitudes.
Let Girls Learn is a program designed to combat problems faced disproportionately by under-educated girls – including diminished economic opportunities, increased susceptibility to HIV/AIDS, forced marriage, and other forms of violence – by affording them the opportunity to learn. “[W]hen a girl receives a quality education, she is more likely to earn a decent living, raise a healthy, educated family, and improve the quality of life for herself, her family, and her community,” according to a statement issued by the White House.