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Thursday, October 7, 2010

For Girls, By Girls

A few days ago, the United Nations Foundation announced their latest campaign called Girl Up.  This campaign is aimed at empowering American girls to help girls in the hardest-to-reach developing countries through awareness and fundraising. It encourages supporters to give a “High Five” to girls in developing countries by taking 5 minutes to learn about issues facing other girls or donate $5 to help provide support through clean water, school supplies, health services and more.

The motto ‘for girls, by girls,’ is targeted for American girls between the ages of 10 to 19 to bring support to the 600 millions girls living in developing countries. With statistics stating that less than half a cent of every dollar earned for developing counties goes to specific programs to help girls between the ages of 10 to 16; Girl Up is set to change the trend. Building a health center or buying a notebook so a girl can go to school are only a few of the programs designed for girls in developing countries.  

Over the next few years, it will be great to see the success of the Girl Up campaign. Whether or not girls become actively involved with Girl Up, this campaign can became a valuable educational tool and resource in presenting issues effecting girls in developing countries. In giving American girls the opportunity to educate themselves on these issues, they will be able to understand the importance of raising awareness and the impact they can have.

For more information on Girl Up and, visit their website on ways to get involved and spread awareness.

- Vanessa Jorion
Junior Girl
Girl Museum

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