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Ana, one of Glamour's Bravest Girls in the World, and her mother, Cecilia
Ana, one of Glamour's Bravest Girls in the World, and her mother, Cecilia

CARE Among Organizations to Partner with Glamour to Break Down Barriers Preventing Girls From Attending School

CARE Project Participant Ana Cecilia Cortez Named as Honoree

ATLANTANovember 11, 2014—CARE, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, announced that it will join Glamour’s new global philanthropic initiative, The Girl Project. Launched in partnership with three other non-profit organizations, Plan International USA, Girls Inc., and Communities in Schools, The Girl Project will raise funds to break down the barriers to secondary education for young women all over the world.

Fifty million girls worldwide are denied the right to an education; some are forced into child marriage, live in areas where education is forbidden, walk to school in fear of being kidnapped, or are unable to afford school fees. The Girl Project will help address those obstacles by allowing women in the U.S. to help support the actual schooling of girls around the globe.

Last night at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards, 10 schoolgirls from around the world were presented an award for their courage and fortitude in pursuing an education against all odds. Among them was 15-year-old Ana Cecilia Cortez, a star pupil and the student government president at the school CARE helped her town build in 1976.

Through thegirlproject.com, people everywhere can help fund scholarships, after-school programs, mobile schools, and other efforts to educate girls. The program offers several ways to get involved. Donation levels starting at $5 can help a girl with school supplies, while $150 can pay for a year of school fees. Thegirlproject.com is administered by Silicon Valley Community Foundation®, an organization that serves as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions, and through its donors, awards more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States.

“Educating girls is proven to grow communities and even cut out the roots of terrorism,” says Cindi Leive, Glamour’s editor in chief. “The fact that a group of women in, say, Des Moines can send a girl to school in Pakistan is one of the most optimistic acts I can think of, and we’re proud to partner with these knowledgeable organizations to help make it possible.”

In a personal letter congratulating Glamour’s schoolgirl Women of the Year honorees, First Lady Michelle Obama says, “Your commitment to education is an inspiration to me and to people all around the world…. When girls thrive, nations thrive,” she explains. “I hope you will continue to lend your voice to the fight for every girl’s right to an education, and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the years ahead.”

Glamour is proud to partner with leading organizations that fight against the many barriers preventing girls from attending school. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty

To read about Glamour’s “Bravest Girls in the World,” the 2014 Women of the Year Fund Honorees, visit: http://glmr.me/13p8G9b.

About CARE:
Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Our six decades of experience show that when you empower a girl or woman, she becomes a catalyst, creating ripples of positive change that lift up everyone around her. That’s why girls and women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for everyone. We also work with girls and women to promote social justice, respond to emergencies and confront hunger and climate change. Last year CARE worked in 87 countries and reached more than 97 million people around the world. To learn more, visit care.org.

About Glamour:
Glamour is the biggest fashion and beauty magazine brand in its competitive set, reaching an all-time high of one out of every eight American women, with 12.2 million print readers and 8.5 million unique users online. Glamour was the first women’s magazine with an iPad edition and has launched popular special editions, apps, and books—including two New York Times best-sellers—and received a record number of National Magazine Awards, including Magazine of the Year, honoring print and digital excellence. In 2013 Glamour launched its video channel, which now boasts 39 video series, 815 videos, more than 180,000 subscribers, and 39 million views, and has received substantial critical accolades including a 2014 National Magazine Award for Video and a Television Academy honor for the Glamour digital video series Screw You Cancer. In 2014 Glamour launched Lipstick.com, Glamour’s stand-alone beauty site and Condé Nast’s first-ever digital spin-off. With a robust social strategy across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, and Tumblr, Glamour’s total social media amplification is at a record high of 48 million. For more information, visit Glamour.com.

About Condé Nast:
Condé Nast is a global media company producing the highest-quality magazines, websites, and digital content. Reaching more than 263 million consumers in 30 markets, the company’s portfolio includes many of the world’s most respected and influential media properties including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, GQ, The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveller/Traveler, Architectural Digest, Wired, and Golf Digest, among others. In addition to publishing 143 magazines and more than 130 websites, the company operates a restaurant division and several ventures in education. Condé Nast Entertainment develops film, television, and premium video programming. Please visit condenast.com and condenastinternational.com.

Media Contacts:
Nicole Harris, Media Relations Manager, CARE: 404-735-0871, nharris@care.org


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