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Dakota Fanning Empowers Girls Everywhere To Go To School And Right To Education


Known for her work in 'I Am Sam,' Dakota Fanning uses her voice to empower girls for their right to education.

"Around the world, girls face unique challenges. They are more likely to be out of school and face higher rates of discrimination. Every girl deserves to follow her dreams, no matter where she comes from or what her circumstances are," says Dakota Fanning.

This is her statement during the International Day of the Girl. And Dakota supports Save the Children - an international non-profit organization that believes all kids deserve a future, cites Bustle. And Dakota Fanning is the ambassador for this organization and she encourages everybody to do their part.

"You don't have to be a celebrity to do your part - anyone can take action," she says. She herself sponsors a girl in Easter Tennessee. Dakota Fanning explains that there are two steps everyone can take in order for children to gain access to education and reach their potential.

The first is to bring attention to the barriers that girls face globally. For instance, 'Beauty and the Beast' star Emma Watson is challenging African nations to end early child marriages. This traditional practice prohibits young girls from a right to education and at the same time loses their childhood.

The second step is to empower young girls to reach their full potential. Dakota Fanning emphasizes the importance of education and it is her dream for all young women around the world to learn and realize their dreams and passions.

To date, there are still girls around the world that are missing out on the right to education because of poverty, war and conflict. "Save the Children's mission is to try to get those kids to have basic health care, to get into school and stay in school, and to be protected from harm," says a representative from Save the Children.

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