girl up

uniting girls to change the world


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Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation. We give American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.


Girl Up envisions a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.

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The Challenge: the world’s adolescent girls
Adolescent girls have tremendous potential to be strong, bright, and curious leaders, sports stars, prime ministers — you name it. But adolescent girls in developing countries face a number of challenges that can make it difficult to fulfill their aspirations. Join Girl Up and you can help girls globally live their dreams.

The Solution: real girls, real stories
I am her, she is me

Part of the power of Girl Up is how YOU are uniting to create change for girls around the world. Read stories from girls (and boys!) just like you who are making a difference, and then submit your own today

Your role: You are part of a movement.
Help the United Nations make a global difference

• start a club
• tweet tweet
• post a blog

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Girl Up believes that American girls are a part of the solution. We know that girls give, girls talk and girls get involved. This generation of girls cares about global issues and is concerned about the challenges facing other girls around the world.

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What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

There are more than 600 million adolescent girls living in developing countries today. These girls are bright, talented and full of dreams, but are often unable to reach their full potential.

Many of them struggle for the opportunity to go to school, see a doctor or be included in their communities. This has serious consequences including: low levels of enrollment in school, high levels of child marriage and way too many girls facing health risks from pregnancy and early child birth.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We are an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.
We help the UN take its best work and ideas to scale — through advocacy, partnerships, constituency building and fundraising.

• Partnerships because we have learned what can be achieved when the public and private sectors work together through the United Nations;
• Advocacy because we know the leverage and impact that sound policy can have on the kind of social, economic and environmental change the UN seeks;
• Community-building because the UN was created for “we the people,” and all of us can give back and contribute to a better world; and
• Fundraising because we need new and additional resources to power solutions to global challenges.

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The United Nations was established to foster global peace, prosperity and justice. It has succeeded in its fundamental mission of preventing a third world war and improving global quality of life. But over the last 60 years, the UN’s mission and membership have been broadened dramatically.

These are the UN agencies we work with to support programs for adolescent girls as part of the UN Adolescent Girls Task Force: The International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Women, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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