United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Unite For Girls Tour Arrives In Los Angeles

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Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with hundreds of teen girls, show their spirit at Los Angeles rally to raise awareness and funds to help the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls

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The case for girls is so compelling. If you can give a girl the smallest chance, she can make the biggest change.

The United Nations Foundation is taking its Unite for Girls Tour to Los Angeles to help introduce 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. The Girl Up campaign aims to raise awareness about the 600 million adolescent girls living in developing countries who lack access to basic needs such as education and health care, and encourages American girls to give back.

“It is truly shocking that for every dollar spent on global development, less than one half of one cent is dedicated to resources that will improve life for teen girls,” said Elizabeth McKee Gore, Executive Director, United Nations Foundation. “A campaign for girls, by girls could change that. We are excited to be in Los Angeles among such creative, energetic and passionate girls who can truly make a difference in the lives of girls halfway across the world.”

Through Girl Up’s support, girls around the world will have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. 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.

“The case for girls is so compelling. If you can give a girl the smallest chance, she can make the biggest change,” said Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, a Girl Up Global Advocate. “This program will give a girl in California the opportunity to help a girl in Malawi buy school supplies.”

The Unite for Girls Tour is holding a Pep Rally today at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles. There will be special appearances by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa; Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Rebecca Soni; High School Musical star, Monique Coleman; and, actress/model, Amber Heard. Marlborough School is part of the National Coalition of Girls School, a Girl Up Founding Partner. Marlborough students will be attending the Pep Rally along with girls and boys from other LA schools and non-profit organizations such as Camp Fire USA Orange County Council, Archer School for Girls, and Partnership for Los Angeles Schools that support Girl Up.

“As a parent of a teenage girl, it is my pleasure and a true honor to be involved with the Girl Up campaign,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Even from far away, teens in Los Angeles can make a real difference to girls in developing countries.”
Girls attending the Pep Rally will have the opportunity to travel through an interactive display with a passport in hand, to learn about girls just like them all around the world, and how they can help make the future brighter for their counterparts in developing countries. The Unite for Girls Tour will be visiting metropolitan areas across the nation to energize U.S. girls to take action in support of their counterparts overseas. An impressive group of Champions, Global Advocates and founding partners has joined the Girl Up movement to improve the lives of girls in developing countries, and will participate in the Tour throughout the year and next year.
For more information, visit http://www.GirlUp.org.

About Girl Up
Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, 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. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Campaign supporters are encouraged to give a “High Five” to girls in developing countries 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. Founding campaign partners include MTV Networks, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, Women’s National Basketball Association, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, Girls Inc., and Camp Fire USA. Go to GirlUp.org to learn more.

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. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct 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. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

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