October 11, 2013

NIKE, Inc. Announces Support of Global Effort to Put Girls At Center of International Development Agenda

‘Girl Declaration’ Presented to United Nations on International Day of the Girl.

NIKE, Inc. announced its support of the ‘Girl Declaration’, a call to action for world leaders to ensure that adolescent girls are at the heart of global efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030. 

More than 500 girls in 14 countries around the world and 25 of the world’s leading development organizations contributed to the Girl Declaration, which identifies five goals to help girls achieve their potential – in education, health, safety, economic security and citizenship – as well as clear targets for measuring progress.

“We have listened to the voices of girls and now we are asking leaders in every country around the world to do the same,” said Maria Eitel, President and CEO of the Nike Foundation, one of the coordinators of the Girl Declaration.

NIKE, Inc. joins 100 influential individuals, corporations, multilateral and non-governmental organizations who share the belief that investing in adolescent girls will accelerate progress in ending global poverty. Other signatories to the Girl Declaration include Pakistani girl activist Malala Yousafzai, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Queen Rania of Jordan, Barbara Bush, CARE CEO Helene Gayle, Microsoft, and Intel Foundation.

The Girl Declaration is being presented to the United Nations on International Day of the Girl on October 11. Over the next two years, as world leaders finalize what follows the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals, NIKE, Inc., along with other signatories and supporters of the Declaration, will continue to work to gain support for girls and ensure that girls’ views are incorporated.

To learn more about the Girl Declaration, visit girleffect.org/2015.