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Girls Learn International 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 on page 254 of the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, “Jordana was moved by the stories she heard [at a United Nations conference] and switched into high gear. She and her friend soon started Girls Learn International [….] 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.”

GLI 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.


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