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United Nations Decides It’s Time to Girl Up!

United Nations Decides It’s Time to Girl Up!

I’ve written a great deal on the advantages that girls have in this country as opposed to other places in the world.  Mainly, I’ve focused on the problems girls have trying to get an education in Afghanistan, but the challenges that young women face go far beyond just that.

Today, the United Nations has taken another step to address these issues particular to girls across the globe with the launch of GirlUp, a campaign that “gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.”  According to the campaign’s website, “girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.”

The site also gives people a chance to change young women’s world through small dollar donations via the “High Five,” a donation of just $5 that will help “provide girls with such basic needs as access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence, and more.”

GirlUp is more than just a fundraising tool, however.  It is an attempt to raise awareness of the roadblocks that impede girls in other countries from living to their fullest potential.  From the Girlifesto, a proclamation declaring the power and future potential of all young women, to a myriad of information regarding young girls across the country,  GirlUp provides not just fundraising but facts to support young women as they find their way through the world.

You can learn more about GirlUp by visiting their website at



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2:11PM PDT on Jul 4, 2010

stop adulterated cold drink.
stop being guided my multinational monsters

2:53PM PDT on Jun 21, 2010

I always thought about this when I was growing up. I knew how lucky I was to have been born at the time and where I was born. Kudos to the UN for recognizing that girls are the change that our world needs.

7:01PM PDT on Jun 11, 2010

Girls have advantages, chances and opportunities in Western Europe, and other developed countries too! It's not just in America.

6:41AM PDT on Jun 6, 2010

It's a step in the right direction. Yay!

11:50AM PDT on Jun 4, 2010

good move

8:10AM PDT on Jun 3, 2010

It sounds like a great idea. I would hope that it would help remove the girls from the dysfunctional systems that work against them.

11:18AM PDT on Jun 2, 2010

good news

9:03AM PDT on Jun 2, 2010

Are they finally getting it? Girls make the world go around, everything we do affects people in our village, town, city, country. I am women, hear me roar.

8:40AM PDT on Jun 2, 2010

Not new, but a good tagline. The thing is that girls in most countries have to live with boys, and if we don't try to bring them both to the same levels of understanding and awareness, the changes we hope for may not happen.

5:52AM PDT on Jun 2, 2010

Balance would be good. Not attainable in our world, but would be just grand.
Making a difference matters.

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