"Before this program I was blind to the possibilities that I have as a young women. I didn't know I had rights," Karen, 17, shared with us.
This week I’ve been able to meet many inspiring girls in Girl Up supported programs. Girls who were learning to read and write in these programs are empowered to learn about their rights and become leaders.
“When I was aware of my rights, I realized that I didn’t have to accept the violence anymore,” Hilda, one of the participants of Abriendo Opportunidads in Totopicatan shared with me.
"I know now that I can be a change agent, a force of change," Vivian, one of the many passionate, empowered young women we met today told us.
Our delegation has arrived to Central America safe and sound, and I am excited for the official business to begin!
Since arriving in Central America, Annie and Sofia have been introduced to so many girls who have shared incredible stories -- stories of strength, perseverance and empowerment.We think everyone should hear these stories, including you!
If a midwife helps deliver a boy, she will be paid more than if she helps a deliver a girl. This fact, which was shared with us by Maria Machicado of UN Women, stuck with us throughout our meetings this morning with Guatemalan government officials and UN agencies.
This week, I hope to be the bridge that connects you to some of the many girls that Girl Up works to empower through supporters like you. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to travel with a fellow Teen Advisor, Annie Gersh, and a Girl Up delegation to Guatemala.
I am so excited to be joining Girl Up on their observation trip to Guatemala. There are three things I look forward to most.
For Take Action Tuesday this week, we want you to go shopping. (That's right - shopping!) With the new school year coming up around the corner, Girl Up and our partner CLEAN & CLEAR® are excited to announce an exclusive deal at Target for back-to-school shoppers!