What happens when you put together feminism, philanthropy, anger, girls that want to be heard, and Beyoncé? The Global Goals teamed up with Project Everyone, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to show you.
In an incredibly powerful video set to Beyoncé’s Freedom, a handful of young girls dance in determination and strong will throughout locations around the world. They’re of different ethnicities, in different locations, of different ages, but their passion is the one thing they all have in common.
The video features alarming statistics about violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation, human trafficking, HIV, and education. It calls for viewers to join girls in the fight for their freedom by sharing the video and using the hashtag #FreedomForGirls. More importantly, it invites you to visit The Global Goals’ website, which is full of important links to organizations that are working to fix all the issues in the Freedom video. Some of the organizations that partnered with The Global Goals include Global Citizen, Girls Not Brides, UNAIDS, and With And For Girls.
The Global Goals is an organization committed to holding world leaders accountable for the goals they set to accomplish by 2030. In 2015, world leaders agreed to carry out 17 “global goals for sustainable development.” These goals included ensuring clean water and sanitation, reducing inequalities, ending hunger, and decent work and economic growth, among others. If the goals are completed, it could mean we would see the end of poverty, inequality, and climate change by 2030. The Global Goals works to fight for the initiatives and raise awareness about what they are, so that world leaders can actually prioritize and see them through.
Their new Freedom video definitely does just that. Yesterday, Beyoncé shared it on her Facebook page with over 64 million followers to commemorate the International Day Of The Girl. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, and Chime For Change all shared it, too. Tons of people on Twitter have also re-tweeted the video, and while sharing on social media is a great way to spread awareness, it doesn’t do as much as actually donating to the causes it’s advocating for.
The great thing about the campaign is that it makes it easy to donate to the causes that are important to you by putting them all in one condensed space. If you pick your favorite, and donate what you would usually spend on Starbucks in a month, you’d be making more of a difference than just sharing the video with your friends. The only way to make #FreedomForGirls happen is by supporting organizations that are making it happen.
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