This powerful call-to-action to end all violence against girls is truly a must-see.
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ICYMI, yesterday was International Day of the Girl, and many celebrities and brands took the chance to speak out about the truly dismal conditions—including child marriage, sex trafficking, genital mutilation, and lack of access to education to name a few—that millions of girls around the world are faced with. Beyoncé, never one to miss an opportunity to remind everyone who run the world (remember her pregnant Grammys performance?), dropped a powerful new music video for her Lemonade track, "Freedom," and called for support for The Global Goals #FreedomForGirls initiative, which aims to end all forms of violence against girls.
In the video, girls from around the world are shown lip-syncing and dancing to Bey's lyrics with evident frustration. The song is catchy (obvs) and the girls are badass, but it's not meant to be a feel-good music video. Clips are captioned with depressing stats, like that every five minutes a girl dies of violence, that one in four girls gets married as a child, and that 63 million girls have undergone female genital mutilation.
With #FreedomForGirls, The Global Goals is setting out to change those stats by aiding other organizations' important missions. The twelve partnerships include Unicef's fight against violence, Equality Now's efforts to end sex trafficking, and One's mission to bring girls in poor countries better education. (Related: Young Girls Think Boys Are Smarter, Says Super-Depressing Study)
The empowering song, paired with disturbing facts of what girls are up against, had us feeling all the feels—plus it's a convincing call to action. If you're inspired to back Beyoncé up and help girls fight for their freedom, you can share the video and donate through The Global Goals website.