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Happy Birthday To...Us!

Bring out the cake and ice cream for the birthday girls! This Friday September 30, Girl Up is turning one. But we can’t blow out the candles alone.

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Make Some Noise!

“The future is struggling to be born...we have to make room for it.” In the closing session at the Clinton Global Initiative Conference 2011, President Clinton urged the audience to take a stance and better our future.

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Working Together For Change

“When you stand out in a crowd, it is only because you are being carried on the shoulders of others.” After Desmond Tutu said this at the opening session of the Clinton Global Initiative day two, it stuck with me through the day and forms the basis for my post tonight.

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In The Big Leagues

Why is it so vital for a teen to be attending and reporting on the Clinton Global Initiative 2011? President Clinton opened the morning today at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting 2011.

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Tweet for change!

Did you know that an average American teenage girl sends 150 text messages a day? Now imagine using one of those text messages a day towards spreading awareness about girls in developing countries.

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Bringing Girls Back to School

Education is important to me because it’s about more than just going to school – it’s about shaping our thoughts and ideas and opening up opportunities later in life.

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Speaking up for youth

On Thursday, August 4th, I attended a discussion on a teen's perspective on development. It was very interesting and brought different views on development that I had never thought of!

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You can prevent a girl from being married before 15!

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I just got back from Ethiopia where 1 in 5 girls is married by the age of 15. For just a $40 donation, you can you can change this statistic. While I was there, I was able to catch up with Tigist — an incredible girl with an inspiring story who we first introduced you to last year.

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I could be 15 and married right now

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Girls in developing countries are facing a crisis; 1 in 7 of them is married by the age of 15. So if I imagine this reality in my school, of the 47 girls in my 11th grade class, about 7 of us would already be married...and maybe even have kids of our own. 

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Youth Speak on Gender Issues at the UN

Last week, I attended the UN Women’s Youth Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York City. Global youth leaders from all over the world discussed their views on gender equality and what they’re doing to help young women. Participants were of different ages, different genders and from many different countries but the message they were all promoting was clear: empower young women.

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It Starts With the Women

It Starts With the Women

I’m here in Liberia with Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in the only African country that has a female President.  Still recovering from its civil war, Liberia is full of opportunity and the determination to build back its country. It starts with the women.

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High Five: Progress for Child Marriage Prevention!

Today, we’re giving a huge “High Five” to the U.S. Senate! Last Wednesday, a bill that will protect kids from being married off before they are old enough to know any better passed in the Senate unanimously.  This is the first time that the Senate has backed legislation related to this issue.

In countries like the U.S., you have the right to marry who you chose to, but in some developing countries, girls are becoming brides as young as age five!

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World AIDS Day

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Today is World AIDS Day. Did you know that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 make up 40 percent of new HIV infections globally?

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Violence against Girls, Part 3: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Over the past few weeks, you may have seen some of our blogs on violence against girls. Every day, a woman or girl is a victim of violence. Did you know that violence kills or harms as many women and girls between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer?

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Violence Against Girls, Part 2: Malawi and Child Marriage

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This week, we are talking about the issue of violence against girls and what Girl Up is doing to help make a difference. Some of the most at-risk girls are forced into marriage or relationships when they are still young children.

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Violence against Girls, Part 1: Liberia

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I grew up in the U.S., in a small house with a backyard and a dog, in a safe neighborhood (as a kid, I thought it was kind of boring) in Tampa, Florida. I knew the basic rules about safety — don’t talk to strangers, never get in a car with someone you don’t know, look both ways before you cross the street, and as I got older, there were of course all sorts of rules about boys.

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The UN: Working Towards Peace

One of the UN’s jobs is to keep peace around the world, and this is a big job.  In the United States, we can vote in an election once we turn 18 and know that our vote will be counted.  We don’t wake up on a daily basis worrying that the building we go to school or work in will be bombed.  But some people do.

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The UN Adolescent Girls Task Force: Improving the lives of girls everywhere

When I tell people that I work for the United Nations (UN) Foundation, one of the most common questions I get is, “Do you work in the UN building?” I don’t. And in fact, many people who work for the UN work in office buildings other than the UN headquarters building located on the East River in New York City.

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Trick or Treat!

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When I was little, my sister and I would sit down after trick or treating and would spread our candy all over the living room floor so that we could count and sort it.

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High Five Friday: The UN

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We are so excited here at Girl Up that the 65th United Nations Day is this Sunday, October 24, so for this High Five Friday, we want to High Five the United Nations!

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Malawi: What We are Working Towards

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I’ve spent more time away from home than at home lately, but I’m so fortunate to have the chance to meet some incredible people on my trips to Africa to meet with our UN, government, and NGO partners. 

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The UN: a leader in preventing child marriage

One of the Girl Up campaign’s strongest partners in its work to improve the lives of girls living in developing countries is the United Nations (UN)... With more than 600 million adolescent girls globally – each of whom has tremendous potential to impact their family, community and our world – it’s critical that the UN address the rights and needs of girls.

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Food for Thought

You’ll be excited to know that Girl Up received very impressive nods during the fifth annual Important Dinner for Women held in New York City at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Monday night, co-hosted by (our Girl Up Global Advocate) Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan, Wendi Murdoch, Mega-mogul Rupert Murdoch's wife, and Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi Co. 

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