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Partnership with the UN

Girl Up provides financial and other support to the UN through joint UN programs in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Liberia, Malawi. and India. Since 2010, Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.

One of the ways we fund UN initiatives is through the Action for Adolescent Girls initiative in Guatemala and India, run by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).  The goal of the initiative is to protect adolescent girls’ rights and empower the hardest-to-reach girls by focusing on building life-skills, delaying marriage and having children when they are ready.

Goals of the program include:

  • Offering youth-friendly health information
  • Providing health visits at local medical centers
  • Creating safe spaces for girls to meet and learn from one another
  • Helping girls receive official identification
  • Connecting girls with mentors
  • Training basic life skills to help girls earn an income
  • Supporting enrollment in school
  • Empowering girls economically by offering financial literacy training and helping them open savings accounts

Learn more about our comprehensive support below.

Comprehensive Support

When looking at how we could make the greatest impact for girls in developing countries, we identified the following five areas as critical areas for support.

Education: help girls go to school and stay in school
Health: ensure access to health and nutrition information
Safety: prevent and protect from all gender-based violence
Leadership: ensure access to skills-building workshops and opportunities
Documentation: ensure all girls count by receiving birth documentation and data on girls

Girls as Advocates

Girls are powerful. When they’re educated, healthy, safe, and counted, they transform their communities. Girl Up engages girls to stand up for girls, empowering each other and changing our world. Led by a community of passionate advocates raising awareness and funds, our efforts help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.

What began as a campaign for American girls, Girl Up has quickly become a borderless movement, with nearly half a million supporters and advocates from the U.S. and around the world. Our unique leadership training and skill development has created a generation of current and future girl leaders; leaders who have helped Girl Up raise millions of dollars for United Nations programs, lobbied members of Congress to stop child marriage and ensure that girls are registered at birth, and have showed their schools, friends and communities the true power of girls.