Girl Up Blog

Fab Female Friday: Stephanie Sinclair, Changing the World One Photo at a Time

For decades, Stephanie Sinclair has shown the world the inequalities that exist in the lives of girls and women around the world, all without a single word.

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A Big Step to Stop Child Marriage in Malawi

Imagine being 15 years old, forced to marry an older man, drop out of school, and have a child as a child yourself.

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Reflections on the First Oregon Girl Up Leadership Summit

It was the morning of Jan. 24, and I was full of anticipation.

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5 Things You Need to Know about FGM

Today, we want to bring awareness to a crucial issue affecting more than 130 million girls and women around the world; a practice that threatens a girl’s health, safety, and personal integrity, and one that is deeply rooted in inequality between the sexes- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). 

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Save the Date: Girl Up Leadership Summit 2015

We are excited to announce that the 4th annual Girl Up Leadership Summit will take place from July 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

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Fab Female Friday: Elizabeth Nyamayaro, The Woman Behind HeForShe

Emma Watson had us all standing up and cheering as she gave an impassioned speech on gender equality last September, and urged men around the world to stand up for the empowerment of women.  Just last week in Davos, she stood up again at the launch of Impact 10x10x10 to mobilize governments, universities, and corporations to join the movement. Long before she took to the podium though, there was another woman busily creating the blueprint for what has now become known as the HeforShe movement.

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2015 will be a year for girls

2000 was an important year for many people. Many of my classmates were born, the New York Yankees won the World Series, and then-United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan introduced the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). 

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December In My Village

December is a dangerous time for young Maasai girls. During this month, they are home from school for the holidays and at higher risk of undergoing FGM and forced early marriage.

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10 Facts You Should know about Violence against Girls

Empowering adolescent girls has a crucial role to play in ending gender-based violence. In many ways, adolescent girls and young women are more vulnerable to physical, psychological and sexual violence than adult women.

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But first, let me take an #UNselfie

‘Tis the season for coats and scarves, holiday sales, and...selfies?  

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Fab Female Friday: Rana Abdelhamid, Master of the Karate Kick!

A senior at Middlebury College majoring in International Politics and Economics, Rana Abdelhamid is not your average college student.  A Truman Scholar and Pickering Fellow, Rana was recently honored at the 2014 Global Leadership Dinner hosted by the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA. 

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Donate Your Birthday and Change the World!

A girl named Annie is improving the lives of girls around the world, simply by turning 16 years old. 

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Mo’ne Davis Striking Out Stereotypes: Fab Female Friday

A 13-year-old girl from Philadelphia has entirely changed the meaning behind the phrase “throw like a girl.” 

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A powerful force with a powerful voice: #GIRLHERO Munira Khalif

It is a challenging – not to mention scary – task to stand in front of people and demand their attention. Now, imagine trying to do that in front of a conference hall filled with hundreds of youth leaders – oh, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown and education activist Malala Yousafzai.

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Memory Banda: #GIRLHERO and girl advocate

This week, to celebrate International Day of the Girl, we’ve decided to give a shout out to a different #GIRLHERO every day and it all starts with Memory Banda.

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Who's your #GIRLHERO

Every day, girls around the world do amazing things – from small acts of courage to great acts of strength. Now, let’s recognize them. Cue #GIRLHERO. 

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Final Remarks at Clinton Global Initiative

On the third day of the Clinton Global Initiative, gender equality continued to remain a core theme. 

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Pure Empowerment

On September 23, I took a break from my typical day as a high school student and had the exciting opportunity to go to New York to learn how youth can be the key to unlocking improved health for women and children.

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Collaborating to Fight the World’s Most Pressing Issues

On the second day of the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama addressed all the members and said, “The most important title is not president or prime minister, the most important title is citizen.”

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Meet Helen Clark: Fab Female Friday

“When opportunity knocks at the door, open that door." - Helen Clark

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Let girls lead at the Social Good Summit

As a new Girl Up Teen Advisor for 2014-2015, my first task of order was to attend the Social Good Summit. It wasn’t much of a “task,” because both days of the Summit were as invigorating as they could be. 

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Connect with Tech

This year’s Social Good Summit set the stage for what is sure to be an ever-growing movement of impact. Living in the digital age, it’s so important to utilize technology for what it’s best at: connection.

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Themes from the Clinton Global Initiative

It was only my first day at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative, but I was immediately captivated by the members’ immense energy dedicated to social change. I started my day off attending a session on Girls & Women Strategy. 

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Sustainable change for lasting impact: #2030NOW

As I sat in my chair and watched Graca Machel, Kathy Calvin and Helen Clark take the stage at the 2014 Social Good Summit, I started thinking about the event hashtag and what it means to me: #2030NOW.

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