It seems rather fitting to choose an excerpt from VPOTUS’ speech as the main mantra because it so beautifully applies to the general notion of enacting change and bettering the world.
Throughout the day, people ranging from Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who enlightened the crowd about Norway’s donation to global girls’ education, to Leonardo Dicaprio, who stressed the importance of Environmental change and preservation — particularly in regards to refugee crises around the globe.
Perhaps one of the most exciting observations was just how strong the girl power was. It doesn’t get much better than Beyonce introducing the First Lady of the United States… immediately after a power mashup of feminism-focused hits.
FLOTUS did not waste any time before introducing her new campaign, “#62milliongirls.” Drawing attention to the fact that 62 million represents the number of girls around the world who are not in school, she announced a massive call to action. She encouraged every supporter to post an image of themselves online with a caption about what they learned in school, and the hashtag, #62milliongirls (you can see her post here).
One of our greatest inspirations here at Twinseperable HQ, Malala Yousafzai, also graced us with her presence, along with three other young women from around the world who were attacked for trying to get an education. Malala confidently and powerfully recounted her story and reminded everyone in attendance that pens and paper didn’t almost send her to her grave, weapons did. She reiterated that it isn’t a lack of funding in the world, but rather the misappropriation of those funds, that increases violence and squanders the expansion of education, primarily for young women and girls.
That was just the tip of the iceberg (if global warming doesn’t get to it soon). The whole point of the festival is to educate, promote, and introduce “global goals.”
The site explains them as such: “World Leaders have committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people. If the Goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them. TELL EVERYONE.”
Vice President Biden was grateful to the crowd for “rejecting the false premise that our challenges are mere fate with no solutions.”
We want to help make the world a better and brighter place, in every aspect. We want to shed light on the problems at hand and help make their solutions a bright and beautiful reality.
We choose to be lights on the world. Do you?
Please head over to the Global Citizen page to get involved.