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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we celebrate International Day of the Girl and the strength of girls everywhere.
We’re all about fashion for a cause – that’s why we teamed up with Sevenly.
Now that October is finally here, Girl Up is ready to celebrate something special, and we’re inviting everyone to join us!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Throughout my day, I noticed that commitment and collaboration were commonalities among almost every proposed solution to current obstacles facing the developing world.
Day Two of the Social Good Summit focused on the value of collaboration among young social innovators through technology.
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.
Did you know there are over 1.8 billion youth in the world today, with over 90% living in developing countries? Couple that fact with the 5 billion phones in the world (1 billion of which are smart phones), and you’ve got a powerful opportunity to harness technology to end poverty.
There’s a new company helping us to “pave the way” to better futures for girls in Liberia and around the world. And we want everyone to know about it.
Cheers to Tiffany Taylor, the new Youth Observer at the United Nations. This month, Tiffany will get the opportunity of a lifetime – to be part of the United Nations General Assembly and report on her experiences.
What has Malala done to inspire you? That’s a big question with an awesome opportunity attached. And CNN wants to know.
Changing the world isn’t easy. But it is doable. We at Girl Up know that as youth, you have it in you to make a difference in this world, whether it is big or small. And when you unite as youth, there is no limit to your potential.
I remember the day I found out I would be a Girl Up Teen Advisor for the 2012-2013 school year. It was August 2, 2012, and I danced around my room to “Unwritten” by Natasha Beddingfield for almost an hour. I had been involved in Girl Up before on a school level, but I had the feeling that joining the leadership team of this UN Foundation campaign would change my life.
Sheryl WuDunn is a real game-changer, in more ways than one.
Helping those affected by poverty is not only an act of kindness but also key to changing the world for the better. You can do that any day of the year, but this week, there is a special day devoted to promoting charitable acts.
Another fab female has joined the United Nations leadership team. Meet Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Whether you are walking to your bus stop or clocking miles to prepare for a cross country meet, you are bound to be on the move at some point today. And a cool smart phone app can help you transform your movement into action for girls around the world who haven’t had the opportunity to receive an education.