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 GirlUp.org.