On February 28th, 2019 we were thrilled to be featured in the Chicago Tribune in an article entitled, “Oak Park-based nonprofit is subject of new documentary by Michelle Obama’s foundation.” This article shared the details of our partnership with the Girls Opportunity Alliance and discussed the campaign launched in partnership to raise funds and awareness around our mission to keep girls in school, even when they face barriers such as Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation (FGC/M).
“Girls who weren’t educated, Maglio witnessed during her time there, weren’t involved in community goings-on and decision-making down the road. Without people to push them, girls often start school and drop out, she said.
Maglio and Sue Crothers, president of the Women’s Global Education Project’s board and a River Forest resident, mentioned barriers like female genital mutilation keep girls from attending school, since the procedure often leads a community to see girls as adults from then on, and they drop out.
“I felt there was the opportunity to make a strong impact,” Maglio said of working with these communities. “There’s a ripple effect you see when women are educated and pass it down to the next generation. It’s really a cyclical impact.”
You can read the full article here.