Investing in women and girls is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. That’s because each action you take to in
access to equal opportunity in the workplace, to let girls learn, and to eliminate gender-based violence benefits your commu5nity, country, and continent.
On March 1st the YALI Network will again turn its attention to #Africa4Her, a Network-wide initiative to spur awareness and positive action around the issues that keep women and girls from reaching their full potential. Over the coming weeks, YALI Network members can show their support for #Africa4Her by engaging in the activities we’ve outlined for the campaign.
Visit yali.state.gov/4her to pledge and learn what you can do throughout the campaign:
On March 1 start by pledging to invest in women and girls in your community. Once you make your pledge you will receive a personalized graphic with your name and pledge to share with your friends on your social media platforms.
On March 2 at 13:30 UTC join the conversation with a Twitter #YALICHAT with the Ambassador-at-Large for global women’s issues, Cathy Russell! Start asking questions today by tweeting at @YALINetwork using #YALICHAT and #Africa4Her.
Get inspired with the young African leaders at YALICreatives and submit, photos, art, videos or music that help tell a story of inspiring women and girls or individuals working with them in your community. Find more information at yalicreatives.com/africa4her/.
Later on this month, take our new YALI Network Online Course, Understanding the Human Rights of Women and Girls and earn a certificate. Once you have taken the course go out and educate your community by hosting a #YALILearns event and then tell us about it here.
There are more than 220,000 young African leaders in the YALI Network. Imagine the impact you could have on your community, your country and your continent if every one of you took an action to empower women and girls.
I look forward to pledging with you on March 1st!
Macon Phillips Coordinator, Bureau of International Information Programs U.S. Department of State