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Beyoncé Releases New “Freedom” Video to Celebrate International Day of the Girl

Beyoncé celebrated the International Day of the Girl by sharing a video starring an international troupe of fierce, charismatic young girls lip syncing and dancing to her 2016 single “Freedom.” The clip, produced by Beyoncé and Salma Hayek’s Chime for Change initiative and The Global Goals, lays out sobering statistics over images of the young girls: 71% of human trafficking victims are female, while 130 million girls are out of school.

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Viewers can visit The Global Goals’ #FreedomForGirls page to support one of the many organizations aiding young girls around the world.

The video, which the singer posted on her Facebook page, features young girls in various locations lip syncing to her song “Freedom.” It also includes disturbing statistics about girls, like how they are more likely to become infected with HIV or fall victim to human trafficking, and that 130 million girls don’t receive an education. The end of the video directs viewers to a page on globalgoals.org where they can contribute to help girls.

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“Today is # DayoftheGirl . Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day. Join me, Chime for Change, and The Global Goalsby taking action for # FreedomForGirls now,” Beyonce writes on her Facebook page introducing the video.

The video first premiered at Goalkeepers, an event hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, last month. It was directed by MJ Delaney, and produced with UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Project Everyone.

Every day girls around the world are fighting for their freedom. This International Day of the Girl – join them and raise your voice:

1. Share the film and tell us what #FreedomForGirls means to you

2. Take action at http://www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl

In 2015 when leaders signed up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – the Global Goals – they made a promise – to empower all girls. There has been progress but we need to keep up the pressure. If we work together we can make sure world leaders deliver and every girl grows up healthy, safe, empowered and able to fulfil her dreams. This new film from director MJ Delaney featuring ‘Freedom’ by Beyoncé, calls for action on some of the biggest challenges girls face like access to education, child marriage and the threat of violence´

Last year we asked you to share #WhatIReallyReallyWant for girls and women – this year we want you to raise your voice for freedom. This can’t wait – we need action now if we are to achieve the Global Goals and equality for all girls.


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