Ten years. Three thousand six hundred fifty days. That’s how long Girl Up has been advocating for young women all over the world. To celebrate, we’re raising $200,000 to fund new programs and bolster the progress toward social change and gender equality.
Girl Up Needs You
As a global leadership development initiative, we’ve been inspiring girls to lead the movement for gender equality — because girls ARE equal. Girls equal leaders. Girls equal innovators. Girls equal changemakers. And that’s something we all benefit from.
Since 2010, Our Girls Have Made an Impact:
Cumulative girls impacted, 2010-2020
Girl Up Around the Globe
Leslie got involved with Girl Up her sophomore year of high school after becoming passionate about social change and gender equality. During her time as a member, she was a Teen Advisor, attended the WiSci Georgia STEAM Camp, and founded a Girl Up Club in her community. Now, she’s a sophomore at Harvard University and says that Girl Up inspired her to keep pushing herself regardless of obstacles or barriers.
Anush is a young woman passionate about science and women empowerment. After participating in 2018’s WiSci Georgia STEAM Camp, she started Armenia’s first Girl Up Club, which now has over 60 members. She has organized projects to help girls develop leadership and public speaking skills and promote their involvement in STEAM fields. She hopes to continue fighting against stereotypes to create a bright future for all girls.
After hearing about Girl Up from a friend, Vanshika was inspired to found Girl Up Ramanujan. She is passionate about women’s health and education, and says being a Girl Up member has motivated her to help her community, especially young women who deserve equal opportunity.
Angeline Eugenia is a passionate young researcher and grassroots organizer for gender equality. She is the founder and leader of Girl Up UGM, providing educational materials, organizing marches and going on humanitarian missions in her area and throughout Yogyakarta, Taiwan and Myanmar. She believes the most important part of activism is connecting people and building support systems, and plans to continue doing this work in the future.
Since founding a Girl Up Club in 2017, Kristen has started a volunteer program at a home for girls, offering self-esteem, menstruation and educational guidance workshops. After a year, her club launched a STEM activity program with the goal of introducing girls to STEM in a fun and exciting way. She continues her work because she wants girls to understand that passion for knowledge is not limited to gender.
Renee began her journey with Girl Up in 2017 when she launched its first chapter in the Philippines. Since then, she has spearheaded fundraisers, events and outreach programs. Renee is passionate about women empowerment and, as an international affairs and political science student, has aligned her studies to this cause. She believes girls are incredibly powerful, and when given access to proper education, their possibilities are endless.
Ann Cecily got involved with Girl Up in 2018 after attending a WiSci STEAM Camp in Namibia, getting hands-on education with leaders from GirlUp, Google, NASA and Intel. A multi-talented young woman, she is an environmentalist, professional swimmer and an activist. She looks forward to giving back to her community by becoming a psychology scientist and advocating to protect the environment.
Melissa is a young activist with a passion for social justice and gender equality. She founded her school’s Girl Up Club, then went on to become a Teen Advisor and lead a workshop in the Girl Up Leadership Summit. Empowered by Girl Up, she’s gathered meetings with lawmakers, built an ongoing advocacy campaign against sexual harassment in schools and structured a 2-week virtual coding camp named 'GirlLab'.
After being inspired by the girls she met at her first WiSci camp, Leslie founded the first Girl Up Club in Latin America in 2016. Coming from what she calls “humble beginnings,” she hopes to give back to women from rural and indigenous backgrounds. With the support of her Girl Up community, she continues to fight for healthcare, gender equality and education access for vulnerable populations.
After attending Girl Up’s Global Leadership Summit in 2017, Amina Salahou was inspired to co-found the first Girl Up club in her school district. She is currently in the 2020-21 Teen Advisor class, advocating for social justice and menstrual equality within her community.
Until Francesca attended Girl Up’s STEM Day of Action program, she thought her career goals were too difficult. She says Girl Up helped her believe in herself and connect her to women who continue to inspire her. She is currently the ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda in the Girl Up LATAM Ambassador Program, and plans on becoming a diplomat in the future.
As president of her Girl Up Club and as a Girl Up ambassador in Costa Rica, Sofia fights against gender inequality through workshops, fundraisers and panels. She is inspired by her fellow Girl Up members, and with their help, wants to empower the women of her country to live without fear and injustice.
Tatiana Fahie is an advocate for gender equality, community development and climate change. She founded the first Girl Up chapter in the British Virgin Islands and is a current member of the Girl Up Teen Advisor Class of 2020-21.
Maria discovered Girl Up in 2019 and knew it was something she needed to be a part of. She started the first club in her region and went on to attend the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., and participate in local events for International Day of Girl in São Paulo. She believes that Girl Up gave her the opportunity to meet not only inspiring women and girls, but real friends and mentors.
Shivali is the president of Girl Up Jhilmil and is extremely passionate about gender equality and foreign policy. With her club, she’s organized gender sensitization workshops, launched social campaigns on mental health and raised 35,500 INR for the Girl Up Against Violence campaign. She plans to use her experience advocating with Girl Up to bring women’s issues to the forefront of international policy as an international relations student.
Mengxue became a member of Girl Up Yangtze River Delta Coalition in 2018 and established YzU Rainbow Girl Up Club at her university in 2019. With her Girl Up community, she’s helped organize a Pride Run and started a blog for women to share their experience with sexual harassment. She says seeing women become brave in the face of adversity empowers her to continue speaking up about injustice.
How We Inspire Change:
Fighting For Gender Equality
Women are the majority of the global population, yet there is no place in the world where girls and women experience total equity and equality. It’s a stark reality, but one that motivates us. Achieving global gender equality won’t happen overnight, but it’s worth the fight — because investing in a girl really means investing in her family, her community and our world.
Educating Girls, Advancing a Nation
Millions of girls across the world lack the access and opportunity to go to school. That means we’re missing out on the groundbreaking contributions of potential leaders and changemakers. The impact of girls’ education has been shown to be far-reaching, resulting in better health and economic outcomes among entire generations. It is critical to ensure all girls have the right to quality education — for their future and for ours.
Working to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence
From providing safe spaces for girls to defending access to quality education to increasing female teachers and mentors, Girl Up Clubs are on a mission to eliminate gender-based violence around the world.
Inspiring a Generation of STEMinists
Girls and women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We’re bridging the gender gap in these fields by inspiring girl leaders to use STEM skills to solve problems in their communities.
Leveling the Playing Field In Sports
Gender inequities are everywhere in sports — limited funding, little media coverage of female athletes and women’s sports, and the pervasive body shaming of female athletes, to name just a few. Sports and team activities are a proven way to develop girls’ leadership skills and confidence, and until we level the playing field, we won’t fully realize gender equality.
Invest in the Future of Girls
Your help today gives a girl the tools to change the world for all of us tomorrow. Support Girl Up’s leadership program to help create a world where every girl is equal.
Three thousand six hundred fifty days. That’s how long Girl Up has been listening to, learning from, and advocating for young women.
In 10 years, we’ve made progress that we’re proud of – guiding girls on a journey to realize their inherent value and infinite potential to become changemakers imbued with the self-confidence to lead their peers and make a global impact.
The experience of being a girl in the world today is changing, and our activism with it. While previous generations were concerned with glass ceilings and a seat at the table, girls and women today are shattering stereotypes and demanding that everybody stand – stand for something and stand together.
The work is hard, and it isn’t over. The progress of our movement is measured in more than facts and figures – we want to make the world a better place for every girl, everywhere, starting with the impact girls can make in their own communities and everyday lives.
We can’t wait. The next 10 years of progress starts today. Are you with us?