On Oct. 10, the eve of the inaugural International Day of the Girl, human rights journalist Christiane Amanpour and World Vision will participate in a special gala in New York City to help promote the 10x10 Campaign, a global action initiative that advocates for the improvement of girls' education around the world.
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"As a journalist, I've covered stories around the globe and witnessed the incredible impact education can have on a girl, her family, and her community," Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent for CNN, Global Affairs Anchor for ABC News, and host of CNN's "Amanpour," said in a public statement on the event.
"I'm proud to participate in the first International Day of the Girl, joining renowned leaders and artists who are working to help educate millions of girls around the world," she added. Amanpour is hosting the event.
The 10x10 Global Launch Gala, which takes place next week at the Paley Center in New York City, will involve several performances and talks regarding the importance of global female education.
One group participating in the 10x10 Campaign is World Vision International, a Christian relief organization that works to absolve poverty and enhance education throughout the world.
World Vision International has worked closely with the 10x10 Campaign, using photography and film to communicate the struggles of women abroad. The relief organization, serving as a partner in the initiative, worked with 10x10 director Richard Robbins & co-producer Alex Dionne in Ethiopia for the campaign's new film, "Girl Rising."
Other influential females joining Amanpour in speaking at the gala include Marie Arana, Latin American author of American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood, and Shabana Basij-Rasikh, managing director of SOLA (School of Leadership, Afghanistan).
"On the first International Day of the Girl, we are putting a face on the millions of girls who do not have access to quality education, and telling their stories through remarkable artists, committed champions, and stalwart partners," Holly Gordon, Executive Director of the 10x10 Campaign, said in a press release.
"With hundreds of 10x10 events planned around the world on this single day, we have the opportunity to grow and connect a community of advocates for girls and begin to create real change," she added.
The United Nations has designated Oct. 11 as the International Day of the Girl, and several 10x10 Campaign-affiliated programs around the world will be honoring this day with events varying from small employee engagements to school celebrations.
Additionally, the London Eye landmark in England and the Empire State Building in New York City will participate in a lighting ceremony during which their towers will be lit bright pink to symbolize the importance of female education.
The 10x10 Campaign was founded by a group of former ABC News journalists at the Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions when they created their upcoming feature film, "Girl Rising," which describes inspirational stories of young girls around the world struggling with real life issues to achieve their goals.
The 10x10 Campaign is also affiliated with its strategic partner, the Intel corporation, and other NGO's and grassroots organizations dedication to female education.
Along with the array of talks and performances taking place on the evening of Oct. 10, the 10x10 Campaign will also debut the trailer for its upcoming film, "Girl Rising." More information can be found on the campaign website (http://10x10act.org).