updated 10/03/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/05/2012 AT 2:30 PM ET
Olivia Wilde is on a mission to ensure that women across the world have the same basic needs met that many take for granted.
The actress joins Eva Mendes, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan and Gabrielle Union in the Half the Sky Movement, which has teamed with the International Rescue Committee and a number of other non-profit organizations to illuminate issues that affect women globally.
On an eye-opening trip to Kenya with Half the Sky last year, Wilde, 28, visited with the Shining Hope for Communities organization and their Kibera School for Girls.
“This was the most extraordinary school I’ve ever seen,” Wilde tells PEOPLE of Kibera, which provides students with tuition-free education and protection from the dangers of Kenyan slums. “I hope everyone will be as moved as I was and support this amazing organization.”