Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the US, in support of International Day of the Girl, during the TODAY Show, announced Global Girls Alliance, which is a new Obama Foundation initiative that aims to empower girls around the world through education, People reports.
“The stats show that when you educate a girl, you educate a family, a community, a country,” Michelle said. “If we care about climate change, if we care about poverty, then we have to care about education.”
In partnership with Go Fund Me, the initiative will offer funding, networking opportunities, and training among other resources to grassroots leaders all around the world.
“We want to lift up the grassroots leaders in communities all over the world who are clearing away the hurdles that too many girls face,” Michelle added. “Because the evidence is clear: educating girls isn’t just good for the girls, it’s good for all of us.”
She was joined by TODAY hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie, who both brought their daughters to participate in the fun. The grand event also featured performances from Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Meghan Trainor.
Michelle also celebrated the news on Instagram, sharing a music video starring a group of young girls singing along to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” She made a cameo at the end of the video.