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10 years ago, the @unitednations adopted the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Today, the Declaration is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples. ⠀
Elvira (pictured above) is one of the many indigenous girls in #Guatemala Girl Up is committed to empowering. As a mentor to younger indigenous girls, Elvira says "we need girls to know their rights and continue their studies." Full blog link in bio. #indigenousgirls : @_saul.martinez
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Alpha Nu is so excited to start working with Girl Up! Girl Up is the United Nations Foundation's adolescent girl campaign that helps the hardest to reach girls living in places where it's hardest to be a girl. A huge thank you to Girl Up Campaign Associate Chelsea Williams-Diggs for meeting with us today to kick off our efforts. #ONElove
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"The idea of interviewing #Malala and [Canadian] Prime Minister @justinpjtrudeau was truly an honor and an opportunity to encourage our audience to support girls’ and women’s equality even further... Our message to all the girls involved with Girl Up who are reading this, is to always believe in yourselves and continue to work hard to support girls and women’s equality around the world." ⠀
Girl Up Club United Club Co-Presidents and #firstname.lastname@example.org share their experiences interviewing Malala and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Blog link in bio. 🏽🏽🏽 #GenderEqualityHeroes#Canada#Advocacy#YesAllGirls#DreamTeam
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"[As a mentor] some of the workshop topics we talk about are self-esteem, why we should love one another and how to prevent violence. Preventing violence is one of the important workshops topics [we discuss] because all the girls here have experienced violence in their own families." - Claudia, mentor. ⠀
In countries like #Guatemala where poverty and inequality are prevalent, indigenous girls are by far the most disadvantaged and vulnerable group. Through the efforts of #mentors like Claudia, she is on her way to empower the next generation of girls leaders. @unfpa Full blog in bio link.
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"If you remain silent, you are still going to be targeted, so it’s better to speak up and try your best. I decided to speak up. I had to stay strong. Extremists tried their best to stop me, they tried to kill me and they didn’t succeed. And it’s a clear evidence that no one can stop me and this means that now this is a new life, this is a second life, and it’s for the purpose of #education. Since then I decided to work for education and today being a United Nations Messenger of Peace for special focus on girls’ education is clear I will continue to work for girls’ education" - Malala Yousafzai responds to Girl Up Club President Chloe's question. ⠀
Yesterday, Girl Up had the opportunity to see @unitednations Secretary General António Guterres designate Malala Yousafzai the youngest UN Messenger of Peace and ask them questions.
Thank you @malalafund for the opportunity, we left feeling inspired and empowered! #withMalala
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Today's #FabFemaleFriday goes to Girl Up Teen Advisors Rachel (left) and Shayla (right) who received #GirlBoss awards at the All About Girls Summit in Orlando, FL. #GirlHero 🏻🏼🏽
#TBT to Boston's 3rd annual Leadership Summit! Shout out to Teen Advisor Katrina and Boston Coalition Leader Kiera on a successful event. Club members in Boston got to hear from leaders in the Boston community like Deeqo Jibril, who is running for Boston City Council, was born and raised in Somalia and came to Boston when she was 12 as a #refugee. #GirlsLeadBoston17#GirlUp
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Run, walk, or horizontal run maybe? There's no wrong way to take part in our 2nd annual Girl Up Global 5K - run as an individual or start a team! Register now for the #GirlUp5K and help raise funds for girls living in rural #Guatemala. With your support, Girl Up will help provide safe space programs for girls, leadership workshops and more! Link in bio to register. @unfpa 🏽♀️🏻♀️🏼♀️
Statement from @girlupcampaign Director Melissa Kilby on the recent elimination of U.S. funds for @UNFPA:⠀
"UNFPA has been one of Girl Up’s key implementing partners since our founding. The Girl Up team saw first-hand how the agency is helping girls take control of their lives on our recent learning trip to #Guatemala visiting our Girl Up-supported UNFPA program which works to prevent child marriage and give girls a chance to continue their education and choose their own futures. Girl Up will continue to work closely with UNFPA to support programs in #Guatemala, #Liberia, #Malawi, and #India to help ensure that the world’s most vulnerable girls have an equal chance at education, are not forced into early marriage, and can live happy, healthy lives."⠀🏽♀️
Link in bio for full statement.⠀ #SchoolCycle#Guate#fundUNFPA@_saul.martinez
"For girls around the world, a bike is so much more. A bike is freedom. A bike is hope. A bike is a future. Estefani's bike will help her arrive to school... she will get an education." ⠀
Former Teen Advisor @nehaljain_ writes how a bike is more than a bike for girls like fifteen-year-old Estefani who lives in rural Guatemala. Essay link in bio. #SchoolCycle 🏽♀️ @UNFPA : @_saul.martinez
Calling ALL Girl Up club leaders! Don't miss today's #Advocacy Webinar at 8pm ET with Girl Up Advocacy Officer and Campaign Manager to learn more about our push to get clubs to host in-district meetings during Congressional recess April 10-21. Let's talk about education for #refugee girls and how you can help make it a priority in U.S. legislation and #budget! Call toll free at (855) 673-6651 and conference ID: 79805 or check out the Girl Up Community page for more details. #GirlsWhoLobby
Who run the world? GIRLS! More like the Frankfurt International School Girl Up Club who held a Mother Daughter Tea this past weekend and fundraised €2,500 for refugee girls in Uganda! @fisgirlup
Strong girls turn into strong women. We’re excited to partner with Special K to help give girls everywhere access to nutrition education to unlock their inner strength. Check out the program at our link in bio. #StrongFeedsStrong#GirlUp
Yesterday, the White House released a budget proposal which calls for drastic funding cuts that would severely undermine the United Nations' ability to respond to current crises and would cripple humanitarian programs, putting the lives of the world's most vulnerable girls and women at risk. We witnessed UN programs in action two weeks ago in Guatemala where we met the amazing girls in this photo at San Andres Xecul School. Maria and Mirna (front center and left) told us they were able to stay in school and pursue their dreams thanks to UN-funded programs in their community. Without those programs, they would have had to quit school and get married as young as 12. Now is the time to take a stand so girls like Maria and Mirna have a chance at a brighter future. Make your voice heard and tell Congress to continue to fully fund UN programs: link in bio.
"As Teen Advisors, we decided to make this video to show that we support refugees and believe that all countries should work to ensure the safety and prosperity of displaced people...Our mission is simple: to empower girls living in hard to reach places around the world, and there are millions of these girls in refugee camps. We stand with refugees because we want everyone to have the opportunities we were born with. We stand with refugees because we have a duty to do so." ⠀
Girl Up is proud of our Teen Advisors who stand #withrefugees and created this video to share their message with the world! #GirlStrong Watch the full video in our YouTube page.
Learn how you can support refugees at girlup.org/refugees
During our recent trip to Uganda, @girlupcampaign staff and Girl Up Champion @caradelevingne got to sit down and talk to refugee girls who had just arrived from South Sudan. Thanks to the work of @unrefugees girls in Uganda are able to continue their studies. We talked to girls at the Kuluba transition center and the Bidibidi refugee settlement about their journeys to Uganda and their hopes for the future. Check out link in bio for full blog. #withrefugees#GirlStrong Photo: @edward_echwalu
"I just returned from Guatemala where the Girl Up team is focused on the UN’s vitally important work to empower indigenous girls and stop domestic violence in rural towns and villages. Thinking about the people I met there, I keep returning to one word: bravery." United Nations Foundation VP Peter Yeo. To read full article check out the link in bio. #GirlUpGuatemala : @_saul.martinez
Thanks for following along these last few weeks on our learning trip across Guatemala! We can't wait to share more stories with you of girls we met across the country who benefit from @unitednations programs that help prevent child marriage and pregnancy, facilitate safe spaces to meet and learn, and provide #SchoolCycle bikes to get to school. 🤜🏽🏾♀️For more amazing photos of our trip and a look into everyday life for girls in Guatemala, follow photographer @_saul.martinez and @everydayguatemala. Learn more about the impact of our work at the link in our bio.
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Last year, 10-year-old Ortilia in #Guatemala told us she dreamed of owning a bike. This week, we helped make her dream come true.
We joined @GirlUpCampaign and @UNFoundation in Chisec, Guatemala, to deliver bicycles to girls who have had to drop out of #school due to the long distance (8 kilometers) between their village and the closest learning facility.
These bikes represent more than just a safe ride to school, but an opportunity for a better future for these girls.
We're sad to leave Guatemala but we've still got that #FridayFeeling - just like the girls from Santa Marta who did a #SchoolCycle boomerang on their new bikes! Thanks to @unfpa more than 250 girls in Guatemala are receiving bikes and also safe space educational programming that will put the girls on the road to continued success. 🏾♀️ Thanks for following along with us in Guatemala! To learn more about our work empowering girls, check out our the link in our bio. #girlupguatemala
#AbriendoOportunidades, or "opening opportunities," mentors share a laugh before the Santa Marta #SchoolCycle bike ceremony. The mentors teach girls ages 14-18 about reproductive health, self-esteem, entrepreneurship, and craft projects they can sell. The girls chosen for bikes are #AbriendoOportunidades program participants who live the farthest from school but have a strong desire to continue their education through secondary school and beyond. #girlupguatemala @_saul.martinez
Sulema,13, rides a bike for the first time with a little help from former Teen Advisor Nehal Jain. Nehal raised over $10,000 in support of #SchoolCycle and talked with Sulema about her hopes for the future. Sulema loves math class and wants to be a nurse when she grows up. #girlupguatemala @_saul.martinez
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"I support my daughter in her wanting to go to school so she can be someone in this life" - Federico, father of Thelma who wants to be a nurse when she grows up, discusses the importance of having fathers involved in their daughter's lives. Thelma is one of the #SchoolCycle recipients in Coban, Guatemala and hopes to be a nurse to help girls in her community. #GirlUpGuatemala#GirlsinSTEM@_saul.martinez
Great photo from #SchoolCycle co-founder @laurenontheroad from today's bike delivery in Santa Marta, Guatemala. #girlupguatemala #Repost@laurenontheroad with @repostapp
Four generations of Mayan persistence, beauty, and hope. Today, sisters 14-year-old Elvira and 15-year-old Rosalina received bikes so they can get to school and blow us all away with their amazingness. I am bursting with gratitude for your donations and the tireless work of @GirlUp and the patience of my co-founder @zoebfox and the general spirit of ubuntu in such ugly, devastating times. Mostly, I'm just filled with so much love and light and belief in the beauty of the future: it's female. 🦄🦋🏽🦁 www.girlup.org/schoolcycle
Journalist @laurenontheroad hugs Norma, 14, one of the girls from Pecajba School in Chisec, Guatemala who received a #SchoolCycle bike so she could go to school. Lauren is an original co-founder of #SchoolCycle along with fellow journalist @zoebfox. The two came up with the idea for the initiative in Malawi after talking with girls there and realizing distance is often what keeps girls from attending school. Three years later, over 700 girls have received bikes in Malawi and Guatemala, including the 250 being delivered across Guatemala this week. #girlupguatemala#girlpower⠀
Photo Credit: @_saul.martinez
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"Mientras somos fuertes, juntas somos más fuertes". We are strong but together we are stronger. Former Teen Advisor Nehal Jain shares these words with girls in Chisec, Guatemala. Photo Credit: @_saul.martinez