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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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Take Action Tuesday: Vote for Kakenya for CNN Hero of 2013

Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya

Vote for Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya, founder of the Kakenya Center for Excellence – a girls’ primary boarding school in Kenya that has the mission to empower and motivate young girls to become agents of change in their community and country – as a CNN Hero of 2013!

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Take Action Tuesday: Donate Your Device with ERI!

We have partnered with Electronic Recyclers International to purchase used electronic devices. ERI’s Buy Back Tech web site lays it all out.

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Fab Female Friday: Saudi Arabian Female Drivers

Today, we’re shaking things up a little on the Fab Female Friday series. We’re not profiling just one fab female, but many. Over 60. And for a good reason.

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10 things to know about adolescent pregnancy

Every girl should have the opportunity to choose her future. All too often though, early and unintended pregnancies alter the course of a girl’s life.

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Take Action Tuesday: Send a Net, Save a Life, and Enter to Win a Private Concert With Dawes

All of you Dawes fans out there can join Taylor, Griffin, Wylie, and Tay in the fight against malaria: By donating $10 or more to the Nothing But Nets campaign, you can enter for a chance to win a private, in-home concert by Dawes, a signed Fender guitar, or signed photos of the band!
 

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Happy UN Day!

Today, there is a special birthday in the world that we at Girl Up want to recognize. In 1945, 68 years ago, the United Nations was born, along with its vital mission of promoting global peace and progress.

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Take Action Tuesday: Do YOUth Have a Solution?

There are 75 million people aged 16-24 who are unemployed around the globe, according to the International Labour Organisation. That’s nearly double the population of Central America! Who knows – you might be one of the 75 million. But you might also have a solution.

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Heroes Changing the Status Quo for Women and Girls

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges facing girls and women around the world. One in seven girls in developing countries will be married before age 15. Approximately 800 girls and women die every single day from pregnancy-related complications. But awe-inspiring everyday heroes refuse to accept these statistics. 

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Uniting with Girl Up in Chicago for International Day of the Girl

Last Friday, my friend and fellow Girl Up supporter, Vivien, and I celebrated International Day of the Girl in Chicago at the Unite for Girls Tour. This was the first Girl Up event either of us had attended, and we were excited to engage with others who are passionate about girls’ rights. Here are my five favorite moments from the event.

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Five Important Moments for International Day of the Girl

October has been an important month for the advancement of the rights and well-being of girls around the world. With the United Nations’ second annual International Day of the Girl on October 11 as the focal point, the United Nations Foundation and its partners celebrated the power of girls and called for innovative solutions to reach the world’s most marginalized girls.

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Take Action Tuesday: Take Part in International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Imagine a world without discrimination. A world without poverty. A world where we could all take time to learn from each other and build each other up.

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Celebrating International Day of the Girl

Today we celebrate International Day of the Girl and the strength of girls everywhere.

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Take Action Tuesday: Rock a Sevenly Shirt!

We’re all about fashion for a cause – that’s why we teamed up with Sevenly.

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Take Action Tuesday: Join 11 Days of Action!

Now that October is finally here, Girl Up is ready to celebrate something special, and we’re inviting everyone to join us!

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Take Action Now

This past week, I have attended Clinton Global Initiative 2013 as a teen reporter for Girl Up. As one of the only teens of the thousands of people who attended, I now feel as though it is my responsibility to share with the rest of my generation all that I have learned.

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Clinton Global Initiative, Day Three: Conversations About Action, Part Two

My last interview of the day was with UN Foundation CEO and President, Kathy Calvin. Kathy is definitely one of the most interesting, dynamic, passionate people I’ve met, and you can see why through this shortened version of our interview.

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Clinton Global Initiative Day Three: A Conversation About Action, Part One

One of the most memorable interviews I’ve conducted at CGI was with John Wood, founder and executive chair at Room to Read. In his book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, you can learn all about his inspiring story about leaving his career as a rising Microsoft executive to start a new chapter in his life: He started making a difference the lives of millions of impoverished children, one book at a time.

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Social Good Summit, Day Three: Together We Are Stronger

This week, as a Teen Advisor, I was lucky enough to attend portions of all three days of the Social Good Summit. Though the range of topics was vast--from space exploration to the importance of hand washing--I was impressed with how many of the talks dealt with Girl Up’s main concerns, such as the empowerment of girls around the world.

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Clinton Global Initiative Day 2: Making Commitments to Change the World

Throughout my day, I noticed that commitment and collaboration were commonalities among almost every proposed solution to current obstacles facing the developing world.

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Collaborating Over Social Media for Social Good

Day Two of the Social Good Summit focused on the value of collaboration among young social innovators through technology. 
          
 

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Clinton Global Initiative: Day One

Although my first day at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative started in the evening, I was able to absorb more information, create more opportunities, and engage in more conversations than I ever thought was possible in only a few hours.

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