United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign Launches 11 Days of Action to Celebrate International Day of the Girl

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#11DaysofAction Supporters Promote the Rights and Well-being of Adolescent Girls by Taking Action Daily from October 1-11

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The 11 Days of Action is a celebration of the strength of girls, and a chance to harness the drive and passion of supporters in the United States who care about girls around the world and want to make a difference every day.

In honor of International Day of the Girl on October 11, today the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign launched 11 Days of Action – an initiative that encourages people to take part in a growing movement to advocate for the needs and rights of adolescent girls around the world.

In many places around the world, adolescent girls don’t have the chance to go to school, see a doctor, or stay safe from violence. Studies show that when girls are empowered, they strengthen their families and communities, helping to break the cycle of poverty.

“The 11 Days of Action initiative is a celebration of the strength of girls,” said Melissa Hillebrenner, Director of Girl Up. “It’s also a chance to harness the drive and passion of supporters in the United States who care about girls around the world and want to make a difference every day. By empowering girls around the world, we can create stronger communities and a brighter future.”

The 11 Days of Action kicks off today and will run through International Day of the Girl on October 11. Each day will offer a new call-to-action, feature the story of an inspiring girl in the United States or abroad, and profile a celebrity or public figure who is active in the fight for girls’ rights.

Additionally, Girl Up will host a series of events that will take place across the United States and engage thousands of supporters. These events range from meeting public officials to raise awareness of the global challenges girls face to community-oriented grassroots gatherings, such as a Zumba fundraiser. From October 1-11, Girl Up events will take place in Dallas, Miami, and Washington, D.C. culminating with two separate events on International Day of the Girl - a Unite for Girls Tour in Chicago and an event at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

For more information about the 11 Days of Action or any of the Girl Up events, please contact Andrea Austin at aaustin(at)unfoundation(dot)org or at (202) 384-9244.

About Girl Up
Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls ages 13-18 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. Go to GirlUp.org to learn more.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

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