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Yesterday was the first ever International Day of the Girl — a day set aside by the United Nations to celebrate girls around the world and to advocate for their freedom, education and equal rights.

There are more than 600 million adolescent girls living in developing countries today. Though bright, talented and full of dreams and future potential, many of these girls will never have access to education or healthcare. These factors play into child marriages, for girls around the world, which only continues the cycle of inequality for girls.

Awareness and action are the two factors that will propel the movement toward equal rights for girls and women forward.

Girl Up is one organization working to raise awareness about the struggles facing young girls around the world. It is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation that believes American girls can be part of the solution. The organization gives 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.  Through support from Girl Up, adolescent girls in developing countries around the world have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.

Watch this video about Girl Up:

Girl Up sees their organization as part of the bigger solution for these challenges:  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. (www.girlup.org)

Girl Up partners represent a diverse community from across all sectors, working together to empower adolescent girls around the globe. Our campaign partners are central to the success of Girl Up, and include such groups as leading corporations and foundations, youth organizations, media outlets, and sports leagues.

Founding Partners of Girl Up include:

Girl Up has selected 14 girls from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about improving the lives of girls everywhere to act as Teen Advisors for the organization. These girls are actively involved in engaging, effective, and powerful campaigns by sharing ideas and providing feedback on everything that is accomplished. After all, this campaign’s motto  is “for girls and by girls!”

On October 11, 2012 — the first-ever International Day of the Girl — and to celebrate Girl Up, supporters hosted more than 50 events across 16 states and 9 countries. From France to Bangladesh, Ghana to the United States girls and their communities worldwide gathered to promote this message: girls matter and it is time to start investing in and advocating for them.  These girls are serious and excited to make a difference in their own communities and worldwide.

The Girl Up Campaign also has Girl Up Champions, both within the USA and Global. Nickelodeon’s Victoria Justice, actress and artist, from the hit TV show Victorious, is one Girl Up champion working to change the world by empowering girls. Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan is a Global Girl Up Champion.

If you are interested in becoming a Girl Up partner, please contact info@girlup.org for more information or go to the Girl Up Facebook Page and website for more information on how you can support this campaign and help empower girls around the world.

Take Action and Unite for Girls. Click here to learn more about how you can help empower girls around the world, provide equal opportunities for girls and end child marriages.

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Julia Walker Crews

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