Guardian and Buzzfeed cover our Chair Maria Eitel's speech at DFID Girls' Education forum

Our Chair Maria Eitel spoke at the DFID Girls’ Education Forum, held in London last night, co-hosted by Global Citizen.

The event brought together leaders from across the sector to discuss how we can work towards raising ambitions in girls’ education globally. Maria spoke at the opening plenary alongside Nick Hurd (British MP), Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda (AU Ambassador for ending child marriage) and the Minister of Education for South Sudan.

Maria discussed her experience with the Nike Foundation and how we work as an organisation to achieve a ‘new normal’ for girls.

It was then time for the policy roundtable attended by other CEOs from the sector as well as government ministers to discuss plans to level the playing field for girls’ education internationally.

Maria’s speech and overall performance was extremely well received and she showcased Girl Effect’s innovative approach brilliantly.

The event was covered by the Guardian with Maria getting a mention in an article written by Liz Ford, deputy editor of their Global Development website.

The article has made quite a splash on Twitter and Maria also featured in Buzzfeed’s ‘Top 15 quotes from “The Girls Education Forum 2016’. And the quote was a good’un: “We must create a new normal, where girls overcome the beliefs that hold them back”.

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