2.39 million hands raised to support girls’ education – thank you!
For the last 2 years people all over the world have been raising their hands as part of a Plan International petition to put pressure on the United Nations to make girls' education a priority.
From Indonesia to Ethiopia, 2.39 million people across 70 countries raised their hands for girls.
Support for the petition was galvanised from education ministers, celebrity ambassadors and via mass public events – including concerts and galas.
On 11 October 2014, International Day of the Girl, Nigel Chapman, CEO of Plan International, presented the petition to Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, who accepted the raised hands on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
UNESCO is steering forward the Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative, and Irina thanked Plan for the Raise Your Hand initiative.
She said: “There is no more powerful force for human rights and dignity, for social inclusion and sustainable growth, and this is why educating girls must stand at the heart of the new global sustainable development agenda that will follow 2015.”
A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Raise Your Hand campaign action.
We know it helped continue to keep the world’s focus on the power and importance of educating our girls – and we will carry on fighting for a girls’ right to go to school.