Stephen Colbert Champions for Girls' Education In a Brilliant Way
It's no surprise that Stephen Colbert uses his sharp wit and humor to spotlight major issues.
This time, he's not using it to poke fun at politicians, but instead he's using it to champion for girls' education around the world.
In September, Colbert will host the Global Citizen Festival in New York. In a video released this week, he urges attendees to perform selfless acts to improve humanity instead of simply purchasing tickets. While attendees can choose any cause they wish to support, the soon-to-be "Late Show" host expressed his passion for girls' education.
"Growing up I knew many girls," Colbert says. "My mother was a girl once. And I believe giving girls equal access to education worldwide is not only the right thing to do, but saying so might make Beyoncé like me."
In order to achieve his goal, Colbert took to Twitter to call out Norway, a nation that is a leader in global education funding. He encouraged people to tweet directly to Erna Solberg, Norway's prime minister, to urge the country to set an example for the rest of the world by donating $100 million to the Global Partnership for Education every year for the next five years, reported Mic.
While the prime minister didn't appreciate her cluttered Twitter feed, she approved of Colbert's focus. Instead of agreeing to the $500 million request, Solberg stressed the need for "global partnerships," encouraging "other nations, private companies, and key partners" to reach a goal of $22 billion annually between now and 2030 for education equality.
Stephen Colbert has definitely been making his stance on gender equality known, most recently he wrote an article for Glamour voicing his support for women. He said: "I'm going to make a show that truly respects women, because I know that there's more than one way to be one."
Watch Stephen Colbert's full video addressing girls' education below:
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