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
"We teach girls workshops on self-esteem, how to prevent violence against women...and we tell them that as girls, we must go forward" - Claudia, 23, one of the mentors of #AbriendoOportunidades for younger girls in Guatemala shares her story. Join Girl Up this week as we deliver bicycles to girls in Guatemala and meet girl leaders like Claudia. Learn more about #SchoolCycle: link in bio. Photo Credit: @_saul.martinez
High school students from Carrizal Arriba School in Huehuentenango, Guatemala watch their fellow students perform an interactive presentation as part of a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education program run by @unesco & @unfpa. The educational materials created for the program are being adopted at the national level in Guatemala. #girlupguatemala Photo: @_saul.martinez
"Before in the community, the women weren't sure of their rights or the rights of their children. After Paz Joven started teaching about local issues, women realized they had the capacity to be leaders." Merlina, a volunteer coordinator for the rural Paz Joven program near Santiago de Chimalentenango, explained that by training advocacy coordinators in her area, women are realizing their voices, and because of this there has been less early pregnancy, child labor, and violence. #girlpower#girlupguatemala⠀
Eliza, Alina, Reyna and Lesuiandy are the next generation of Guatemalan leaders. They are local leaders of the @unicefguatemala Paz Joven program, which provides safe spaces for girls to meet and discuss local issues as well as ways to prevent early marriage and adolescent pregnancy. The program has had great success reducing adolescent pregnancy and violence. Lesuiandy and Reyna, 23, (far right) are both trained teachers and all of the women lead grassroots advocacy asking local governments to continue to fund the program for adolescent girls in their towns nearby to Santiago de Chimaltenango. #girlpower#squadgoals#girlupguatemala⠀
Girls in Los Llano de Tuices, Guatemala proudly wore their Girl Up bracelets, put their hands together in solidarity, and chanted "Chicas Arribas" ("Girl Up" in Spanish) and "Saquilaj B'e" after the joint UN program which provides a safe space for them to meet and develop their self-esteem, learn how to resist early marriage, stay in school, and avoid pregnancies. Many girls have to drop out of school to take care of family members, but attend the program as a way to continue informal education and have a voice in their communities. ⠀
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Ari Getty (center) of the @ariadnegettyfdn, a generous supporter to Girl Up, talked with girls from the Saquilaj B'e program about their hopes for the future.
"Because of this program, when we’re older we’ll have a better future. They’ve taught us that self-esteem is to believe in yourself, take care of yourself, to value yourself." Yoselin, 11, shares what she and her friends learn in the Saquilaj B'e program, which provides adolescent girls with safe spaces to meet and just be girls as well as holistic educational programming from local leaders to reduce forced early marriage and pregnancy. Pictured after Yoselin are Claudia, 16; Ursula, 12; and Wendy, 14, all of whom take part in the Saquilaj B'e joint program run by @unesco, @unfpa, @opspaho, @unicefguatemala & @unwomen in Llano de Los Tuices, Guatemala. ⠀
"Before the White Ribbon program, I thought girls should stay at home. Now I know girls should get to go to school and work jobs. We also talk about why forced marriage is bad." Josue, 15, shares what he's learned in the San Andres Xecul White Ribbon program, which is run by @UNFPA and @UNWomen and teaches boys and girls about how to combat forced marriage and violence against women in their own communities. Learn more about our Guatemala program: link in bio. #girlupguatemala@_saul.martinez
Maria (right front) and Mirna (back left) pose with their classmates and teacher Magdalena in front of a church near their school in San Andres Xecul, Guatemala. They are a few of the over 300 students from the area who benefit from joint Girl Up-supported programming with @unicefguatemala, @unfpa and @unwomen which provides supplies, fees, and flexible class times so girls can go to school. The girls shared their hopes to continue on to university and work as a doctor, a teacher, an engineer and more. #girlupinguatemala⠀ @_saul.martinez
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