The United Nations Foundation announced today the appointment of Kimberly Perry as Director of its new Girl Up campaign (www.GirlUp.org) – an innovative program to build and maintain a constituency dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s hardest to reach girls.
There are currently more than 600 million adolescent girls living the developing world – part of the largest youth generation in history. But less than half a cent of every development aid dollar goes to programs specifically helping these girls. Girl Up supporters are encouraged to give a “High Five” to girls in developing countries by donating $5 or more that can help provide girls with such basic needs as access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence and more.
This “for girls, by girls” campaign will mobilize American girls to raise funds and awareness for UN programs that support the millions of adolescent girls growing up in developing countries. Through Girl Up’s support, these girls will have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.
“As the mother of an amazing young woman, I know that girls have tremendous potential,” said Kimberly Perry. “As Director of Girl Up, I’m excited to inspire and empower girls in the U.S. to connect with girls beyond their borders. This is an important time for girls. I am confident that they will rise to the challenge.”
Before joining the UN Foundation, Perry served as the Kids’ Movement Director at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a children’s health initiative based at the William J. Clinton Foundation. In this capacity, she created and oversaw two multi-million-dollar public education cause-marketing youth campaigns. Her fifteen years of experience includes successfully mobilizing communities to create a collaborative environment in which decision makers can be educated and accountable for improving the quality of life for vulnerable children, youth and their families. She is respected in the advocacy community for her steadfast work in child health public policy – including access to quality healthcare, food security and nutrition.
About the United Nations Foundation
The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and capital to help the United Nations solve global problems. We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress. The UN Foundation’s work – focused on select global problems – is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org