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Vanessa Portilla, Global Literacy Leader Encourages Women in Ahead of International Women’s Day - The World Literacy Foundation


Vanessa Portilla, COO of the World Literacy Foundation, urged women to stand up and help empower girls in their development of foundational literacy skills during a panel discussion hosted by WLF today in anticipation of International Women's Day.

"It is incumbent on women in the community to ensure no girl is left behind. The latest data reveals a growing number of girls from low-income homes lacking access to books and educational resources, with nearly 60% not owning a single book. Illiteracy poses a lifelong barrier, hindering them from realizing their full potential."

"I believe it would be a significant step forward if, on International Women's Day, March 8, we collectively strive to provide books to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, fostering a love and habit of reading. Who better to instill this love of reading than a mother, grandmother, teacher, or another woman in the local community?"

"My call to arms for improving the development of foundational literacy skills among girls is an investment in our future generation. Literacy provides the keys to future education, opportunity, and freedom."

During this morning's panel discussion, Ms. Portilla noted the progress women have made since the beginning of her career in education. However, recent data highlights increasing rates of illiteracy among girls from marginalized communities.

"My high school teachers inspired me to be a change-maker in the community, and thus, the journey began. There are thousands of girls out there awaiting their first book. If we provide them with role models in reading each day, we'll witness their curiosity and imagination ignite, fueling a passion for learning and growth."

"As International Women's Day approaches, now is the time to act. Look within your networks for girls who could benefit from the love of books."

You can make an International Women's Day financial pledge to support struggling girls via [World Literacy Foundation] (https://worldliteracyfoundation.org/)

About the World Literacy Foundation

The World Literacy Foundation is a peak literacy organization striving to eradicate illiteracy by 2030. Currently, 770 million people can't read a single word, while two billion struggle to read and write a sentence. Illiteracy is estimated to cost the global economy $1.2 trillion USD each year, with significant financial and social impacts on 1 in 5 people.

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