Girl Up Blog

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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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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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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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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Walking the "good" carpet: Social Good Summit

The 2014 Social Good Summit illustrated what it means to not only follow in someone’s footsteps, but make your own path. 

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Reflecting on History

Twenty years ago some big things happened for women and last week I had the honor of commemorating these moments. 

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Girl Up Talks Girls’ Education on MDG500

They’re big, they’re bold, and they’re bringing a brighter future. The United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will go down in history as being a unified global effort to reinvigorate the fight against world poverty.

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Mistie Bass: Fab Female Friday

The Girl Up family gets bigger by the day. Welcome, Mistie Bass! This WNBA star, Duke University graduate, and passionate humanitarian is now also the newest Girl Up Champion.

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Celebrate International Youth Day: Take Action Tuesday

On August 12, the global community celebrates International Youth Day— a day where the world turns its attention to the incredible potential of its youth and acknowledges the real impact that young people have already made in their communities.

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Make Girls Count on World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Today marks the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, a day to raise awareness of this global problem, explore solutions and show solidarity with the victims of human trafficking. We’re supporting the effort to end human trafficking by advocating for the Girls Count Act.

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Pledge to end child marriage and FGM: Take Action Tuesday

Today, the UK government and UNICEF will co-host the first ever Girls Summit, bringing together people from around the world to discuss ways to end child marriage and FGM. Will you join in and show your support?

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ACT NOW: Because this just happened

It’s here. It’s finally here. The Girls Count Act of 2014 was just introduced in the Senate – and we have to act now! Here’s what you need to know:

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A Birthday Gift for Malala: Fab Female Friday

Over the course of two years, the name Malala Yousafzai has become synonymous to strength, courage, and resilience. Join the global community on July 14 by raising your voice this Malala Day and making Malala’s 17th birthday wish come true!

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