What is Girl Up!?
Girl Up is the United Nation’s Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign which supports the empowerment of girls everywhere. Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has funded UN programs that promote the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries and has built a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates. Girl Up fiercely tackles ending childhood marriages, access to education, preventing gender-based violence, ensuring access to health and nutrition information and giving access to skills-building workshops.
Last year, Corinne Foxx discovered Girl Up! and was instantly touched by their movement. She sent a very long-winded email to Girl Up’s Deputy Director, Anna Blue, about why she wanted to get involved with the organization. Her two younger sisters inspire her everyday to lead a positive, productive and meaningful life. She believes in the power of young women and that every girl deserves the chance reach her potential.
In many countries, more than half of girls will drop out before the reach the 6th grade.
Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday. More than 1 in 3 - or some 250 million - alive today were married before the age of 15.
Globally, girls and women spend an estimated 200 million hours every single day collecting water.
14% of girls’ death age 15-19 are attributed to violence
An educated girl will earn more money, reinvest 80-90 percent of her wages back into her family and community and help break the cycle of poverty.
How can YOU help?
There are many ways that you can get involved with Girl Up! initiatives. If you want to help refugee girls gain access to education, ask your member of congress to sponsor the Protecting Girls’ Rights To Education in Vulnerable Setting Act. You can fundraise for the Girl Up program by donating. If you’re still in high school, check to see if your school has a Girl Up program in place. If not, why not start your own?!