Today is a day I will never forget. Today, I witnessed history that affects the lives of women & girls everywhere.
Last month, I spent a beautiful and chilly afternoon at George Washington University (GWU) as a speaker on the panel, "Violence against Girls: From Child Marriage to Dating Violence."
This week Girl Up Director Gina Reiss-Wilchins is attending the Global Philanthropy Forum. This conference aims to build a community of donors and social investors who committed to international causes. Check out her question to Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, about child marriage!
What do High School Musical, a private wealth advisor, and “philanthro-teens” have in common? The first ever Girl Up Leadership Summit! Celebrities, female leaders, and more than 100 fabulous young women from across the country came together last weekend to learn about their peers in developing countries and gain the tools necessary to support them.
Our first ever Leadership Summit was a huge success! The event brought 100 girls from across the country and connected them to women at the top of their game in finance, politics, and entertainment. All 15 of our Teen Advisors came to DC to show their peers on how to spread the Girl Up message and were treated to a tour of the nation’s capital.
Education is important to me because it can be the great equalizer between boys and girls, men and women. It is widely recognized that educating girls is one of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty, and to empower the next generation to achieve a brighter future.
Education is important to me because it allows all girls and boys to learn skills that will last them a lifetime.
We are so excited to have a new class of Teen Advisors join us this fall. Very soon you will get to meet them! In the meantime, we asked each of them the question: “Why is education important to you?”
Education, starting with girls, is the first step to unleashing the wealth and power of women to transform our lives.
As we head back to school this fall — with excitement and stories of all our summer adventures — it’s unfair that there are millions of adolescent girls in developing countries who do not have the same opportunity.
Last week, Girl Up hosted a an event at the White House that provided a discussion about the lives of girls in African countries and the themes that unite girls, as a way to increase awareness about the issues they face along with their corresponding solutions. In attendance were youth and adults, girls and boys alike.
It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to sit down with someone who truly inspires you, but for me, last week I had one of those days. Rosie Schaack, head of THINK Women’s Empowerment Center (Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness) in Liberia, and a partner of the United Nations Foundation, came to our office in Washington, DC to chat with us about her work with teen girls who were victims of war.
Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to speak to the women’s circle group of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia.
This past Saturday night, my friend and I were given the opportunity to go to TV producer, Kayce Jennings' house in New York City. I was immediately intrigued by the film we watched there that three amazing girls from Cambodia were a part of, including one whose name was Sokha Chen. Sokha, who I was able to meet on International Women’s Day at a visit to the White House, was a very interesting 16- year-old girl. She represented the success and impact Girl Up could have in girls lives in countries like Malawi, Liberia, Guatemala, and Ethiopia.
Yesterday was such an exciting day! Some of the Girl Up Teen Advisors and I had an incredible time attending the 100th International Women's Day ceremony at the White House. From meeting First Lady Michelle Obama to supporting our very own Shannon McNamara as she opened the event, this day was unforgettable.
I am inspired. I am still exhausted from all the activity and fun! Most importantly, I am excited for what’s to come. That is my reaction after spending three fantastic days with the 17 Girl Up Teen Advisors, who all met for the first time in Washington, DC, this past weekend.
Wow – it's amazing how far we've come since our first Unite for Girls Tour Pep Rally in New York City! We've been all across the country — we've been as far as L.A., Seattle, and even Denver, and today we just finished in Washington, D.C., our own backyard!