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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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Celebrate International Women's Day: Take Action Tuesday

Tell your family. Tell your friends. There is going to be a big celebration you don't want to miss. What am I talking about? International Women's Day on March 8!

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Make a Direct Impact with Catapult: Take Action Tuesday

You can support Girl Up’s efforts in Guatemala right now by making a donation through Catapult. Your money will be used to fund the Girl Leader and Girl-to-Girl training program, which are designed to empower rural indigenous girls who would otherwise be inhibited due to poverty or language barriers.

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More Reasons to Love Ellen Degeneres: Fab Female Friday

Next week Ellen Degeneres is hosting the 86th Academy Awards. There is no doubt that Ellen leads a successful career as a comedian and TV personality, but what many people may not know is that her heart is as big as her smile.

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Six Seconds of Culture: Take Action Tuesday

If you were asked to showcase your culture in a six second video, what would you do? People all over the world are asking themselves this same question in preparation for the Cultural Diplomacy Vine-A-Thon, a global digital event hosted by the Digital Diplomacy Coalition during Social Media Week.

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Fab Female Friday: Debbie Sterling is ‘Disrupting the Pink Aisle’

Walking into her first engineering class at Stanford University, Debbie immediately felt different – she didn’t fit in. Debbie was experiencing a feeling that many other female engineers understand. Why? Because out of all U.S. engineers, only 11% are women.

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Take Action Tuesday: Be ‘Tomorrow’s Leader, Today’

Every year, the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation presents the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, an action packed two-day event that inspires social entrepreneurship among youth.

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Fab Female Friday: Asha-Rose Migiro

Asha-Rose Migiro is the ultimate trailblazer. She was the first woman to be top of her class at the University of Dar es Salaam, the first woman in Tanzania to become Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the first woman and African to be appointed Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.

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Take Action Tuesday: Watch Things Change with Chideo!

With Chideo, you have the chance to ask top stars in entertainment and news whatever you want to know about them, all while supporting your favorite charities – like Girl Up!

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Fab Female Friday: Pauline Miller

Pauline Miller is the type of person you meet and then think to yourself, “Wow, she’s amazing!” and, “Whoa, she’s got a really cool job."

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A Great Global Advocate

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Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to attend the event announcing the new Global Advocate for Girl Up, Angelica Fuentes. Mrs. Fuentes is the Mexican CEO of the incredibly successful Grupo Omnilife Angelissima Chivas.

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Take Action Tuesday: You + Davos +SocialGood

You + Davos+ SocialGood

Each year, economic, political, and academic leaders meet to discuss ways to improve the world at the World Economic Forum. This year, they will meet in Davos, Switzerland at the end of this month. During this meeting leaders in the international community will share insights and discuss actions necessary to face current global challenges. 

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Global Business Leader Angelica Fuentes Named a Girl Up Global Advocate!

This past year Girl Up has gained yet another incredibly impressive and strong supporter: Angélica Fuentes, one of Mexico’s most powerful business leaders. And today we’re excited to announce Angélica as the campaign’s newest Global Advocate!

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The Girls Count Act of 2013: A Powerful Way to Fight Human Trafficking

The Girls Count Act of 2013 has the potential to be a powerful tool against human trafficking, aimed to help ensure that all girls are counted and have access to birth certificates and other necessary documentation. Moreover, proper birth registration is critical in protecting children from child labor, illegal adoptions, and other forms of exploitation.

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Fab Female Friday: Zuriel Oduwole

Recently, a list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Africa, published by New African Magazine, was released. Powerful politicians, business moguls, music producers and celebrities topped the list of influencers. Who else was included? None other than 11-year-old Zuriel Oduwole from Nigeria.

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Take Action Tuesday: Tell Your Members of Congress That Girls Count

Every year for 51 million girls under 5 years old around the world are denied birth certificates or other forms of official identification due to an unavailability of systems to count these girls, and sometimes simply due to a lack of political will. These girls are invisible members of society. At Girl Up, we’re trying our hardest to make these girls visible. We’re spreading the word to members of Congress – and we hope you will spread the word, too.

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New Leith x Warby Parker Collection Supports Girl Up!

Eyewear company Warby Parker is collaborating with fashionista Leith Clark on a new line of glasses that will help girls around the world: Together, they are launching the limited edition Leith x Warby Parker collection, and a percentage of each sale will go to Girl Up. We are so excited!

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Give Back with Girl Up on #GivingTuesday!

Every year around Thanksgiving, we have two days that are good for the economy: shop-til-you-drop Black Friday and surf-the-web-for-deals Cyber Monday. Now, we have a day that is good for the soul: #GivingTuesday.

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Fab Female Friday: Jessica Matthews

When you kick a soccer ball around – maybe in gym class, maybe in your back yard, or maybe in a game for your school’s team – did you ever imagine a soccer ball could have the capability to provide reliable energy and light?
Jessica Matthews did. And she’s turning that dream into a reality with The Soccket, setting out to power the world with play.

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Take Action Tuesday: Take an #UNselfie!

Let’s get real -- the Girl Up team loves selfies. We’ve seen so many of them posted with Donate a Photo to help girls in Liberia go to school, which makes us excited. So when “selfie” won Word of the Year, we decided to celebrate and make it selfless.

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When we talk about violence against women and girls, what story are we telling about men and boys?

Today, we focus on violence against girls and women, which is unfortunately a worldwide phenomenon. Some men and boys are perpetrators. But many boys and men are also protectors, community builders, and peace-makers.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: A Conversation with Dr. Alaka Basu

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with United Nations Foundation Senior Fellow, Dr. Alaka Basu, a social demographer with strong interests in public health. Because today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we discussed child marriage and the violence that often comes with it– as well as our hopes for women and girls to live in a world where they are safe and able to live according to their own free will.

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TeenNick HALO Awards: Teen Advisor Kaitlin Hung’s Top 5 Highlights!

As a Teen Advisor from the Los Angeles area, I have the opportunity to attend Hollywood events involving Girl Up. Yesterday, I got to cover the Fifth Annual TeenNick HALO Awards, which honored 2011-2012 Teen Advisor and current Youth Champion, Rocio Ortega as one of four honorees of the evening.

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Fab Female Friday: Rocio Ortega

Nickelodeon wants to tell the story of Girl Up Youth Champion Rocio Ortega to the world – and we can totally see why. They have awarded her with a 2013 Teen Nick HALO Award!

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