Natalie Portman celebrates the Power Of A Girl

Posted Feb 1, 2011 by KJ Mullins
Girls around the world often are left behind educationally. More than 60 percent of the 110 million children not in school are girls. Free the Children sheds light on the issue of female education in developing nations along with Natalie Portman.
At the premiere of  Love and Other Impossible Pursuits   directed by Don Roos  during the Toronto In...
At the premiere of "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits", directed by Don Roos, during the Toronto International Film Festival, 2009.
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Today Free the Children's Power of a Girl is launching an initiative fundraising campaign merging fashion and youthful ideals that will run until May 1. Youth aged 13 to 21 in North America and the United Kingdom can sign up at and raise funds for the Kenyan school Kisaruni, Free The Children's new all-girls' secondary school. Currently the only all-girls school in Kenya, Kisaruni opened its doors last month.
After May 1 the top five fundraisers will then be asked to submit an entry about why they think empowering the girls of the world through education is important. The contest winner will be announced June 1, 2011. The winner will not only know that they helped send girls to school but receive a prize package that includes Natalie Portman's Rodarte designer dress from the American Film Institute gala premiere of Black Swan and a trip to Kenya on a Me to We trip during the summer.
"With women comprising 70 per cent of the world's poor, investing in the education of girls is one of the best ways to end the cycle of poverty," said Natalie Portman, actor and activist. "I'm thrilled to be working with Free The Children and excited to see the ways in which youth throughout North America and the U.K. will be able to help send girls to school in Kenya, bringing them one step closer to achieving their dreams."