And that's a wrap for Girl Up Teen Advisor weekend in Los Angeles! Girl Up TA's had the opportunity to learn from various leaders in the film, entertainment, law industry and more. We can't wait to see you all at the 2017 Girl Up Leadership Summit! #TAWeekend
Girl Up is in stormy Los Angeles for our Teen Advisor meet-up, but we're not letting a little rain get us down! We're excited to have our most passionate girl advocates talk with businesswomen, awesome artists and creative nonprofit thinkers this weekend! #fridayfeeling
"If we can work together, we can rise together." Girl Up stands with girls who speak up and stand up for each other. Support our movement uniting girls to change the world: link in bio. (video by @artsupplyny )
Less than 4 days left to complete your Teen Advisor application! Co-chairs Kyung Mi and Vaannila share why being a Teen Advisor has been an opportunity of a lifetime for them: "The lessons you’ll learn about what it means to be an advocate for gender equality and about the complexities of international relations are all the more invaluable when you are with friends who you’ll cherish for a lifetime." Read more and apply at the link in our bio!
So inspired by everyone's passion at today's advocacy boot camp in DC. We talked about strategies for making an impact in local (and national!) politics as well as tips for talking to your member of Congress. But you didn't have to attend today to jumpstart your advocacy in 2017! Find your members of Congress and give them a call to make your voice heard: link in bio.
Today's #WednesdayWisdom goes out to our amazing supporters around the world who make our "by girls, for girls" movement possible.
We're excited to announce that thanks to your incredible donations, we're extending our partnership with #JNJ@donateaphoto to empower girls and young women. Each photo you donate helps enroll one girl in a life-changing program. Together, we can help lift girls in India out of poverty. Link in bio.
Thanks to @girlupsuncoast (and nearby clubs!) for taking part in our first South Florida Advocacy Boot Camp. Action shot of the group going through skills-building activities and learning about the most effective ways to advocate to Congress, for the Education for Vulnerable Girls Act, which supports education for refugee girls. We were so inspired by everyone's ideas for advocacy and action in their communities, standing #WithRefugees.
The @unitednations is indispensable to tackling global challenges. Every year, the UN helps 65 million refugees and displaced persons, including the over 450,000 refugees, 68% of whom are children under the age of 18, who have fled violence in South Sudan and entered Uganda since July. In addition, each year the UN provides vaccinations to 40 percent of the world’s children, and feeds 80 million individuals. All U.S funding for the United Nations is under threat! TAKE ACTION & tell Congress to fund the life-saving work of the UN: link in bio.
Why do we stand #withrefugees? For girls like Susan, 15, (left) who wants to be a doctor and return to #SouthSudan to help rebuild her home country. And Rhoda, 15, (right) who dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. @unfoundation Dpty CEO Elizabeth Cousens put it best, "We have a choice: we can focus on what divides us or we can celebrate our diversity and embrace our common humanity. Thank you for being part of the movement that believes it can be done. Together, let’s build a better world, not just for some, but for all." Read more at our link in bio.
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The Global Gag Rule, enacted yesterday, will make it more difficult for millions of girls and women to access the contraception and health care they need to determine their futures. When the policy was last enacted, health care clinics in many countries were forced to close and outreach services for the hardest to reach populations were eliminated, leaving many of the world’s poorest people without access to critical services, such as maternal and child health care, HIV testing and counseling, and contraceptives, including condoms. Without these life-saving services, more women and infants died due to pregnancy-related complications. In some countries, the Global Gag Rule led to increases in abortions as women had more unintended pregnancies.
Now is the time to build on progress, not reverse it. Read more of UN Foundation President & CEO Kathy Calvin's statement on the Global Gag Rule: link in bio.
#TBT to our incredible learning trip last week! So grateful to Champion @caradelevingne for joining us in northern Uganda. At @unrefugees' Goboro entry point, we talked with refugees who had just crossed the border from #SouthSudan. Despite having witnessed terrible violence and often walking for days to reach safety in Uganda, the girls we met with remained resilient, strong, and optimistic about their futures. #WithRefugees
Are you a passionate girl leader?! Do you want to be a force for change empowering girls around the world?!Apply to be a Girl Up Teen Advisor and help shape the strategy and forward the mission of our by girls, for girls movement. Check out our link in bio to apply!
A girl from Pagirinya refugee settlement stands in front of her primary school classroom. Pagirinya has been open since last July when the violence in #SouthSudan began, causing nearly 2,000 people to flee across the border each day, 65% of them under age 18. Thanks to @unrefugees there are three new school buildings being erected on the settlement to accommodate the steady influx of students. #WithRefugees
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Girl Up Deputy Director @mrsannablue and @caradelevingne join in outdoor games with students from a Pagirinya refugee settlement primary school. Currently the school has 1,200 students, but needs resources to help it expand to 2,000 students next year. The settlement has only one secondary school, and many girls we talked to were concerned they won't be able to attend next year without funding for school fees that cover books, a uniform, and a mattress to sleep on. Learn how you can help girls go to school at girlup.org/CaraInUganda (link in bio). @unrefugees#WithRefugees
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Champion @caradelevingne plays with a young refugee girl on the school yard at Nyumanzi primary school. When the school started, there were no buildings and students held class outside under the trees. Four years later and now there are three buildings for grades 1-6. Despite its incredible progress the school still needs more @unrefugees funding for supplies, uniforms, and food so that more children can attend. #WithRefugees#nofilter Photo credit @edward_echwalu
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I met a teacher today with a group of refugee girls, there's two doctors, two lawyers, two journalists, an engineer, who all shared with me and @girlupcampaign what they wanted to be when they grew up. It was so amazing to visit their Nyumanzi settlement primary and sit down and talk with each of them. @unrefugees#withrefugees
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An ordinary moment on the school playground, girls giggling and chatting, takes on new meaning when you know that thousands of refugee girls nearby don't have a chance to enroll in school at all. No classes. No learning. No chance to be a child. Many #SouthSudan refugee girls in Uganda are pressured to remain at home to help with household duties, while others, as young as 13, are forced into child marriage by their families. Thanks to @unrefugees education system at BidiBidi refugee settlement, these two are safe, educated, and have hope for the future. #WithRefugees
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Girls from the Bidibidi primary school from zones I and II welcome us and @unrefugees to their school with a special performance. Classes at the school are crowded with more than 100 students packed into tents that serve as classrooms. Both teachers and students spoke with us about the needs of their school, including textbooks, uniforms, and more buildings. All of the girls we spoke to hoped to go on to secondary school and university. #WithRefugees
Education does not finish when you leave school. This is 17year old Mary who is holding her two months old child after fleeing from South Sudan to Uganda. Something I have seen here and have been completely blown away by is the unparalleled strength of the mothers #withrefugees
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A young refugee girl smiles near a well at a UNHCR transition center in northern Uganda. Her resilience is contagious. She arrived today at the center and awaits transport to a nearby settlement. She is one of more than 450,000 refugees who have fled from #SouthSudan into Uganda at the rate of over 2,000 per day since July 2016, the majority women and children. Once across the border @unrefugees gives them a hot meal and transports them to a settlement within a day. Learn more about our trip with Champion @caradelevingne and how you can help support our partnership with UNHCR in Uganda helping refugee girls go to school at girlup.org/carainuganda (link in bio). #WithRefugees
Girl Up Champion @caradelevingne meets with refugee girls waiting to be transported to a settlement at @unrefugees' Kuluba Transition Center. Fleeing violence in #SouthSudan, many of the girls had walked for seven days to reach Uganda and some were separated from family members along the way. Despite their harrowing journeys, the girls remained optimistic and were looking forward to starting school at their new settlements. Girl Up's support of UNHCR's programming for refugee girls' education has helped over 4,414 refugee girls in Uganda go to school. #WithRefugees
We @fabletics and @katehudson so much! Start the new year dancing! For every #FableticsDanceOff post, $1 is donated to support our work funding health services for girls in developing countries. #Repost@fabletics with @repostapp
Do as @KateHudson does and start the new year dancing! Share your Dance Off videos, boomerangs and GIFs now using #FableticsDanceOff. For each one, we’ll donate $1 to the @unfoundation's @girlupcampaign to help fund health services for girls in the developing world.
Plus, add #FableticsContest to your entry for the chance to win a trip to LA to be part of an upcoming photo shoot.
Official rules: http://bit.ly/2iebOQg (link in InstaStory)
US only - Must be able to travel in February. Winner will be contacted on 1/30/17.
#HappyNewYear from all of us at Girl Up! Thanks to all of our supporters for an awesome year of empowering girls around the globe. Here's to another great year uniting girls to change the world!
We need your help. We're 1,094 girls away from reaching our goal of giving 4,990 refugee girls in Uganda a chance to go to school and have a brighter future. Donate before midnight: girlup.org/donate [link in bio]
The refugee crisis may seem far away, but for girls like Diana, it's close to home. Diana's sister was forced into child marriage at 17, so her dowry could pay for the family's medical bills. Thanks to support from @unrefugees, Diana has been able to attend school, but her future remains uncertain. Help give girls like Diana a brighter future: girlup.org/donate [Link in bio].
Lillian, 13, and her family were forced to flee their home in Rwanda when she was just 10 years old. She was able to re-enroll in school thanks to supplies from UNHCR, and now she dreams of becoming a doctor. Your donation of $25 will give a girl like Lillian the uniform, textbooks, and supplies to go to school for a year through UNHCR's programmatic investments in Uganda. Will you stand #WithRefugees and donate today? girlup.org/donate (link in bio)
Applications are now open for our #WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Malawi! Learn more about the two-week camp with Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships that brings together 100 girls and helps build skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics (STEAM). Apply at girlup.org/wisci/apply
We're so excited to partner with @kitkatsmeow and @wallflower jeans for the holiday season! Check out Kat's favorite jeans -- 20% of proceeds go back to Girl Up to empower girls around the world! bit.ly/2gYSBSG
I'm excited to be working with both WallFlower and Girl Up on an amazing holiday project. Be sure to go to the WallFlower website to check out some of my favorite items as a portion of the proceeds will go to Girl Up programs. As strong advocates for young women, they inspire young women across the world and I hope you partake in their continued efforts! #goyourownway@wallflower@girlupcampaign
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