Championing Girls’ Education Through Business, In 12 Different Ways

Photo by UNHCR/P. Behan.

This year on International Women’s Day, men and women all over the world supported equal opportunities for girls and women by sharing why they #PledgeForParity — a phenomenon that the World Economic Forum estimates won’t occur until 2133 if a renewed sense of urgency is not inspired.

GBC-Education celebrated the potential of girls and women by advocating for gender parity within education and the workforce. Coalition members and other businesses echoed the cause by sharing why and how their business is #RewritingTheCode of embedded values for girls’ education. They also celebrated the launch of Theirworld Code Clubs in Kenya being piloted in partnership with GBC-Education member Kano and #smartinvestment Network members Codecademy and Africa Gathering.

GBC-Education was thrilled to see business leaders and other partners take to social media to express their reasons for championing girls’ education and to share their efforts to push progress forward. Catch up with their thoughts below!

In honor of #IWD2016, Theirworld co-hosted an event with Facebook for women to raise awareness for girls’ education. GBC-Education members joined other female business leaders, education advocates, and celebrities to show their support for women in technology at the event.

Emili Budell represents GBC-Education member RELX Group at the event.

Tamara Box from GBC-Education member Reed Smith enjoys the performance by Laura Mvula.

GBC-Education member Kano and #smartinvestment Network members Africa Gathering and CodeAcademy together with Theirworld launched girls tech hubs in Africa. This is what they report.


Members highlight their own work on how they are #RewritingTheCode by investing in and advocating for girls’ education.

Western Union Foundation committed to educating 50,000 women and youth this year on International Women’s Day.

Standard Chartered Bank celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Goal program.

Oando Foundation celebrates their impact on more than 26,000 girls in 63 schools across Nigeria.

Discovery Learning Alliance gives a shout-out to GBC-Education’s experience in Kenya this past month for girls’ education.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich shares his support for women in tech.

GBC-Education members highlight important women throughout history.

Microsoft teaches everyone about female inventors that textbooks seem to have missed.

Pearson, meanwhile, pays an ode to women writers throughout history.