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A Birthday Gift for Malala: Fab Female Friday

Over the course of two years, the name Malala Yousafzai has become synonymous to strength, courage, and resilience. Join the global community on July 14 by raising your voice this Malala Day and making Malala’s 17th birthday wish come true!

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The Magic of the Girl Up Leadership Summit

What happens when you put 175 passionate girl leaders (and one brave boy!) from 28 states and 6 countries in one room? Magic - Girl Up Leadership Summit kind of magic.

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What Refugee Girls and All Girls Deserve: An Education

The only time I had ever heard the word refugee was rocking out to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ song simply titled “Refugee.” It wasn’t until I had the opportunity to visit and interact with refugee girls in Ethiopia that I finally understood what that word meant.

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The World Cup and Girls: Take Action Tuesday

In two days, the eyes of the world will be looking toward Brazil. Earth-shaking cheers, faces painted with pride, and 32 international teams will commence the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Girl Up is not missing this global moment – and neither should you. 

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Getting Her to the Finish Line, Literally!

I throw my hand up in the air to conclude the team’s exuberant pre-race cheer, beaming at the circle of nervous 4th grade girls in their hazard orange racing t-shirts. After months of hard work, the launch of the culminating Girls on the Run Twin Cities 5k race in Minneapolis was mere moments away.

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Change the World in 5 Minutes: Take Action Tuesday

It’s time to put your game face on for girls and women! Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World, a global platform for young change-makers, is now accepting applications for its annual contest to find the most innovative, sustainable and cost-efficient ideas to improve the lives of marginalized girls and women. 

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Maya Angelou: Fab Female Friday

In search of something extraordinary, inspiring and powerful? The work of the late Maya Angelou will easily satisfy all three. Maya was a woman as incredible as her words.

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Let's Close the Gender Gap: Take Action Tuesday

For everyone who believes in women’s empowerment and is active on social media, UN Women has a quick and meaningful way for you to show your support of closing the gender gap! 

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Apply to Be the Next U.S. Youth Observer: Take Action Tuesday

Picture this: You are sitting with the U.S. delegation at the general assembly of the United Nations. You serve as a voice for American youth and are speaking in front of global leaders and fellow youth advocates about the critical role young people play in the advancement of UN efforts.

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Sister Rosemary Nyriumbe, a Light for Lost Girls: Fab Female Friday

Every once in a while, you come across a person who is goodness incarnate. When they smile, you smile. When they laugh, you laugh. Well, today you’re about to meet another one of those people: Sister Rosemary Nyriumbe.

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Speak out about #BringBackOurGirls: Take Action Tuesday

It is a sad truth that problems affecting girls are oftentimes swept under the rug and overlooked. As champions for girls around the world, this is exactly why we must help ensure that the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls does not become yet another dismissed atrocity against girls.

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Bring Back ALL Our Girls

As an ardent champion for girls, I join the rest of the world in my outrage and sadness over the abduction of the more than 300 girls in Nigeria. We need to continue the fight for them and on behalf of the many girls around the world who have been abducted...

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Tell the UN What YOU Want for the World: Take Action Tuesday

What if you had the chance to tell the Secretary-General of the United Nations and global leaders alike what matters most to you?  Right now, the world is creating its next “to-do list” and the UN wants to know...

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6 Things that Make Chelsea Clinton a Fab Female: Fab Female Friday

She’s smart. She’s passionate. And she’s taking the world by storm. Chelsea Clinton is a force to be reckoned with. Here’s why: 

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Are you the next Girl Up Teen Advisor?

Being a Girl Up Teen Advisor has been one of the best experiences of my life. Now, it’s time to pass the torch.

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Take a #PromGirlUp Selfie: Take Action Tuesday

Grab your phones, it’s time to take a selfie! PromGirl.com has launched the #PromGirlUp selfie contest – a fun and easy way to support Girl Up and adolescent girls around the world from the comfort of your own smart phone.

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Meet Fautima: Leading Refugee Girls in Ethiopia

Her parents left their native country hoping for a better future. So did my parents. She is the first in her family to attain a higher education. So am I.

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Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation: Take Action Tuesday

Girls, calling all girls! Hillary and Chelsea Clinton want to hear from YOU! This Thursday, April 17, The Clinton Foundation will present Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation as part of its No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project to begin a dialogue with girls across the country about their lives, experiences and hopes for the future.

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The UN Foundation Is Going to India and You’re Invited: Take Action Tuesday

Buckle up! On April 9, the United Nation’s Foundation is taking a trip halfway around the world to partake in a collaborative and innovative event called India +SocialGood. Why India, you ask? Well...

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Must-Hear Words from Lupita Nyong'o: Fab Female Friday

The past few months have been action-packed for actress Lupita Nyong’o. From one award to the next, culminating in an Academy Award for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita has been lighting up screens everywhere with her gracious and insightful acceptance speeches.

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Global Moms Relay: Take Action Tuesday

Get this: Sharing an inspiring story on social media can help girls and mothers around the world lead happy, healthy lives. How? The Global Moms Relay! 

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Get Happy with Pharrell and UN Foundation: Take Action Tuesday

“Happy” makes us happy, and that’s why the United Nations Foundation has partnered with singer and songwriter Pharrell to celebrate this year’s International Day of Happiness on March 20. Here’s how you can join in on the happy.

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Women Making a Difference for Syria

State Department's Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman interviews two remarkable women who are making a positive impact in the lives of Syrians.

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#NoGenerationLost for the Children of Syria: Take Action Tuesday

It has been three years since the civil war in Syria started, changing the lives of more than 5 million children. As the devastating conflict approaches its fourth year, the No Lost Generation initiative reminds us that the children of Syria cannot be forgotten.

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Somayya Jabarti is Writing History in Saudi Arabia: Fab Female Friday

With International Women’s Day right around the corner, the news of Somayya Jabarti being appointed Saudi Arabia’s first female newspaper editor is pure poetry.

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