Today, the United Nations Foundation previewed its new adolescent girl campaign, “Girl Up,” with the launch of GirlUp.org, an exciting, new website aimed at engaging and connecting American teens with girls in the developing world.
The Girl Up campaign gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. On GirlUp.org, supporters can learn more about the campaign, hear from adolescent girls in developing countries, register for upcoming girl events, connect with other girl advocates, download the campaign’s “Girlafesto,” and give a “High Five” donation to fund United Nations programs that support adolescent 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. Through Girl Up’s support, girls in developing countries 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, the Girl Up Campaign Director. “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.”
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.