RICHARD BRANSON, CHELSEA CLINTON AND ZIAUDDIN YOUSAFZAI (MALALA’S FATHER), JOIN G(IRLS)20 TO CELEBRATE FATHERS WHO EMPOWER THEIR DAUGHTERS IN NEW FATHER’S DAY CAMPAIGN

RICHARD BRANSON, CHELSEA CLINTON AND ZIAUDDIN YOUSAFZAI (MALALA’S FATHER), JOIN G(IRLS)20 TO CELEBRATE FATHERS WHO EMPOWER THEIR DAUGHTERS IN NEW FATHER’S DAY CAMPAIGN

 

G(irls)20, the global social-profit organization that aims to cultivate a new generation of female leaders, is launching a “Fathers Empowering Daughters” initiative to kick-off Father’s Day celebrations around the world.

 

Mumbai—(June 10, 2014) G(irls)20 today launched a global initiative, “Fathers Empowering Daughters” to celebrate the powerful force fathers can play in the advancement of their daughters. The campaign calls on fathers from around the world to showcase the ways in which they empower their daughters to succeed and achieve – whatever age, whatever dream – and also encourages daughters to share stories about how their fathers have empowered them. The campaign is being supported by Carlson Rezidor, one of the world’s leading hotel groups, as part of a new global partnership with G(irls)20.

 

The initiative is being launched in the run up to the world leaders meeting at the G20 in Australia this August, where G(irls)20 will convene 24 girls from around the world to address how to economically engage and empower girls and women to achieve growth goals globally and in their home countries.

 

The global campaign features fathers and daughters from around the world sharing their stories in a series of self-recorded videos, and kicks-off with high profile fathers such as Richard Branson, Ziauddin Yousafzai (Malala’s father) and well-known daughters including Chelsea Clinton and Shakira.

 

On how fathers empower their daughters, Richard Branson, father to Holly Branson said, “Give them the freedom to do what they want to do with their life. It is so sad that in some places in the world, daughters are treated as second class citizens and that’s got to be put right. People cannot use religion as an excuse, that is certainly not what the people who originally set out their religions would have wanted, so just treat all your children equally.”

 

Vandinika Shukla, delegate from India for the 2014 G(irls) 20 Summit said, “A large part of the person I am and the work I do today is because of my father who has empowered me to dream big and not be afraid to pursue those dreams. He continues to teach me by example the importance of investing 100% hard work and honesty in everything I do. Where ever I may be and whatever I may choose to do, knowing that my father is right behind me, cheering me on, is a blessing that gives me the power to stand up for myself, my goals and my values. Every day, he shows me the value of large-heartedly sharing love and support with those around us and that happiness lies in celebrating life.”

 

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton said, “It is impossible for me to describe the extent to which my father has supported me, nurtured me and empowered me over the years. Through his words and even more his actions, he has always taught me the importance of doing right, by our family, by the communities that I have chosen to be a part of and, ultimately, by the world.” Clinton continued, “He has always challenged me to take risks, not unnecessary ones but the ones that are necessary to be the person that I want to be and to have the impact I hope to have on the world.”

 

The theme song of the campaign, Little B, a lullaby from a father to his daughter was co-written by Grammy Award Winner Sarah McLachlan and Canadian businessman, Frank Guistra.

 

Videos can be viewed at www.fathersempoweringdaughters.org, where fathers and daughters from around the world are invited to upload their self-recorded video.

 

About G(irls)20

G(irls)20 mobilizes girls and young women for impact locally, nationally and internationally. Designed according to G20 Architecture, G(irls)20 brings together one delegate from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region, to design solutions that will economically advance girls and women around the world. With 107 G(irls)20 Ambassadors, 300+ global mentors and 200 mentee connections, G(irls)20 places a premium on working together with the private sector, governments social profit organizations, academia and media to advance girls and women globally.

 

The next Summit will be held in Australia (August 25 & 26, 2014). For more information, please visit http://www.girls20summit.com/

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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