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Students Jharana and Sirjana were tired of gender inequality, so they made a plan.

In their home country of Nepal, women are far less likely than men to be educated. While today's generation of girls is receiving at least a basic education (91% of girls attend primary school), they're still viewed as being "less than" men when it comes to looking for a career.


GIFs from She's the First.

To raise awareness of the inequality facing Nepalese women in education and career opportunities, they began recruiting classmates to participate in a 5k run for women's equality.

Both girls attend school through a scholarship from the organization She's the First.

She's the First is dedicated to making sure girls in low-income countries have access to the education they need to succeed in life, empowering them to graduate from secondary school.


Graphic from She's the First.

The organization has funded scholarships for more than 500 girls in 10 countries.

350 runners took part in the 5k, making it a runaway success (pardon the pun).

All of the participants wore signs explaining what they were running for. And of course, each runner had their own unique reason, though they shared themes of love and compassion for women who weren't able to get an education.

Their signs said things like, "I run for girls who didn't get a chance for study," "I run for my mother," and "I run for my mother because she is not educated."

Jharana and Sirjana aren't stopping — they plan to make the 5k an annual event.

I'll high five to that.

Learn more about the 5k at the She's the First website or by watching the video below.

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