This afternoon, Stars Foundation's interim CEO Eric Levine will attend the 2014 Girl Summit in London.
There, he and three new funding partners (EMpower, Mama Cash and Plan International UK) will announce an annual global awards initiative that will invest $1 million toward girl-led and girl-focused local organisations.
Read the joint statement below and watch the commitment live from the Girl Summit at girlsummit2014.org.
Today EMpower, Mama Cash, Plan International UK and Stars Foundation are announcing an annual awards initiative that will invest more than $1 million in grassroots organisations working with and for girls.
At the 2014 Girl Summit to end child, early and forced marriage and FGM within a generation, we commit our collective resources, networks and experience to help tackle these and other harmful practices and violations that limit the power and potential of girls and women around the world.
The annual girls awards will recognise exceptional local organisations working on the front line to create a world where girls' rights and well-being are recognised, respected and realised.
In doing so, we aim to highlight the essential role that grassroots organisations can and must play in bringing about lasting change.
In particular, we will target action and investment toward organisations and initiatives that amplify the voices and agency of girls to determine the course of their own lives, and the development of their own communities and countries.
Driven by a set of shared values that champion local leadership, encourage youth participation and demand political accountability, EMpower, Mama Cash, Plan International UK and Stars Foundation will mobilise additional resources, energy and attention for those grassroots organisations that are delivering the most effective work to secure positive and productive futures for millions of girls around the world.