The United Nations Foundation is launching its newest campaign – Girl Up – which encourages American girls to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for their counterparts in the developing world.
Girl Up will raise awareness about the 600 million adolescent girls living in developing countries and encourages American girls to give back.
Funds raised through Girl Up will support proven United Nations programs that help the hardest-to-reach girls in such countries as Malawi, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Liberia.
Campaign supporters are encouraged to give a “High Five” to girls in developing countries by taking five minutes to learn about the issues facing girls or by donating $5 or more to provide girls with such basic needs as access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence and more.
Quick Facts about Girls:
- More than half of the world’s 1.5 billion young people (ages 10-25) are adolescent girls living in developing countries.
- Girls make up more than 50% of the world’s 143M out-of-school youth.
- 1 in 7 girls in the developing world is married before the age of 15.
- Up to 50% of girls in developing countries become mothers before the age of 18.
- In some countries, girls spend up to 15 hours a day obtaining water for their families and villages.
- 1/6 of the world’s young people live on less than $2 a day, including 122 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa who live on less than $1 a day
- There are 21 million girls ages 10-19 living in the United States – more educated, socially connected and empowered today than ever before in history.
For more information, visit www.GirlUp.org.