Helping Girls Worldwide Get the Education They Deserve

Vice President Kathryn Karol recently participated in the United Nations Foundation's 2015 Girl Up Summit in Washington, D.C. The Girl Up campaign, supported by the Caterpillar Foundation, delivers  comprehensive programs that give adolescent girls in developing countries an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities. Led by a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates raising awareness and funds, efforts help the hardest-to-reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.

Karol inspired the summit of 225 young female leaders from around the world in Washington, D.C., with her message of women’s leadership. During the three days of training, education and leadership development, delegates also heard from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Caterpillar is focused on building a partner eco-system – with organizations like the UN Foundation – that employs advocacy, best-in-class on-the-ground programs and that integrates business and philanthropy to scale global solutions.

Also during the summit, Caterpillar was recognized by the UN Foundation for our concerted support of the Girls Count Act.

This legislation – passed unanimously by Congress and signed by President Obama – will help ensure children in developing countries are registered at birth regardless of their gender. This law is a huge win for the countless girls around the world who are invisible to their government. Lack of documentation can prevent a girl from going to school, getting a job later in life, and accessing health and social services.

Kathryn Karol and son David, who volunteered at the summit

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