“Girls are powerful. When they’re educated, healthy, and safe, they transform their communities. When girls stand up for girls in need, they empower each other and transform our world. As the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, Girl Up engages girls to take action. Led by a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates raising awareness and funds, our efforts help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.” – Girl Up

Here is how it works…

What is girl up

All money raised through Girl Up is spent on funding the programs and initiatives put into place by the United Nations Foundation.  The five focus countries are the following:

Guatemala – Girl Up supports adolescent girls in Guatemala by funding a United Nations joint program that delivers an integrated and comprehensive package of services in partnership with national partners and local implementing organizations. These programs address the complex challenges that limit indigenous girls’ opportunities for success.

Ethiopia – Girl Up currently supports adolescent girls in Ethiopia by funding United Nations programs that deliver a comprehensive package of services to displaced Somali refugee girls. In Ethiopia, UN programs are delivered through the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The program is empowering girls by: providing educational support, creating safe schools and improving family economics.

Liberia – Girl Up funds a comprehensive program run by United Nations agencies- UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and UNESCO- that works with the hardest-to-reach adolescent girls to ensure that they are able to earn an income, stay healthy and avoid harmful traditional practices, by: providing tools for the future, offering girl-friendly health services and reducing harmful traditional practices.

Malawi – Girl Up has supported both a comprehensive program run by the United Nations to reach adolescent girls in Malawi, and the Let Girls Lead initiative in Malawi. With the support of Girl Up, the UN and Let Girls Lead programs in Malawi have resulted in: the improvement of girls’ lives and policy impact.

India – Girl Up supports the Action for Adolescent Girls initiative, run by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in the Rajasthan region of India. The goal of the program is to protect adolescent girls’ rights and help girls delay marriage and have children when they are ready. The program educates girls and women on important health issues and make them more aware of public services available to them. Additionally, the program aims to educate girls – who are both in and out of school – as well as provide them with vocational skills so they are able to one day earn an income.

Uganda – Girl Up is supporting adolescent girls in Uganda by funding UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) programs that aim to ensure displaced girls get enrolled in school and have access to a quality education.

So, what does Girl Up uOttawa do?

Girl Up uOttawa supports Girl Up by raising awareness for the initiatives put into place by the United Nations Foundation through fundraising events. We will hosts five events every year that help to advocate and fundraise for Girl Up. This year’s fundraisers will include movie nights, coffee houses, community volunteering and more. Don’t miss out on all the fun! #saynotofomo

Through our club, we aspire to assist in creating the next generation of woman leaders and advocates for international equality.

Want even more information? Visit the official Girl Up website at www.girlup.org.