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Girl Icons: Addressing Inhibitors for Girls Education in India 

When: Fri., Sept. 30 2016
This fall, Co-Founder and Chief Communications Officer for Milaan Foundation, Alyssa Newlon, is returning to the United States to promote the work of the Girl Icons Fellowship Program which transforms the lives of Indian girls and the communities that they live in.

In rural India, some studies have shown that 1 in 100 girls graduate from high school. Yet, education for girls has proven to be essential in preventing early marriage and ending the pernicious cycle of poverty in villages. The key issues are often social and cultural inhibitors that prevent girls from taking advantage of educational opportunities.

The Girl Icon Fellowship Program addresses these social issues in a unique and powerful way. The program identifies and cultivates girl change makers: Girl Icons. Each Girl Icon is supported by a network of mentors and intensive training that often leverages both governmental and non-governmental programs. They each cultivate a peer group of 20+ girls and create social change projects to shift the mindset of their communities towards valuing educated and empowered girls. The Milaan Foundation celebrates their stories and amplifies their voices to ensure access to quality and equal education for girls everywhere.

Join us for an evening of inspiration, awareness, and fun hosted by UNC Campus Y and The Coalition for Human Rights at UNC!

The program will include a presentation, refreshments, a silent auction with Indian handicrafts, and an introduction to the opportunities available for those who want to be involved in this movement.

Tickets will be $10 per individual sold at the event or online (free for UNC Chapel Hill Students if they show their One Card). All proceeds will go towards the Girl Icon Fellowships and are tax deductible.

Many thanks to UNC Campus Y and the The Coalition for Human Rights at UNC for supporting this event.

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