About Us

Our Mission

Girls Learn International (GLI) empowers and educates middle and high school students to advocate for human rights, equality, and universal education in the U.S. and around the world. Student-to-student, and student-to-parent, GLI is building a movement of informed advocates for universal girls’ education and a new generation of leaders and activists for social change.



GLI was founded in July of 2003 by Lisa Alter and her two daughters, Arielle Alter Confino and Jordana Alter Confino.

As authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explain in the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Wolrdwide, “Jordana was moved by the stories she heard [at a United Nations conference] and switched into high gear. By the time she was in high school, she was a crusader for Girls Learn International, and the group was gathering chapters around the country.”

Girls Learn International was founded on the principles that humanitarianism has no minimum age requirement, and that global youth, in particular girls, have a crucial role to play in leading the movement to affect change for girls and women all over the world.

Want to get involved? Start a GLI Chapter at your school!