Thank you Millie, it is an honour to be here with you and your community of fellow girl bosses. Like Millie said, I’m @aya_chebbi
and I created the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth (@auyouthenvoy
) and am the founder of @AfrikaYouthMovement
. I’m excited to talk to you about how we can come together as young women around the world to fight the effects that #COVID19
is having on access to education and to make sure our sisters everywhere stay empowered. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic schools and universities all over the world are closed. In fact, over 1.53 billion learners have had their education disrupted, 743 million of whom are girls. While many of us can easily adapt to e-learning at home, not everyone has so much privilege. In certain parts of the world, there is very limited access to the internet and tech devices like computers and phones. In low and middle-income countries, surveys show that boys are 1.5 times more likely to own a phone than girls and 1.8 times more likely to own a smartphone that can access the internet. That's why we have to empower girls during this crisis to have equal access to
socio-economic and digital opportunities.
To hear more, head over to Millie’s Stories today. To join the fight for equitable access to youth education during the COVID-19 pandemic, demand global coordinated action at @ONE
. #passthemic #oneworld