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United Nations Foundation's Girl Up Unite for Girls Tour Comes to Denver

Hundreds of teen girls show their spirit at Denver Pep Rally to raise awareness and funds to help the world's hardest-to-reach adolescent girls

Denver, CO —   December 10, 2010

The United Nations Foundation is bringing its Unite for Girls Tour to Denver 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 increase 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.

“We are harnessing the energy, creativity and passion of U.S. girls to make a difference in the lives of girls across the world,” said Jennifer Kim Field, Assistant Director of Global Partnerships, United Nations Foundation and Head of Girl Up. “Girls everywhere need to be given the opportunity to succeed, and this initiative will help give girls that chance -- both in the United States and the developing 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. During this holiday season, Girl Up is encouraging people to donate and help send 1,000 girls in Malawi to school.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of Girl Up because every girl deserves the opportunity to thrive,” said Carol Bowar, president and CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. “When girls support each other, they are empowered to stay in school, live healthier lives and be leaders in their communities. We want to be a part of that.”

The Unite for Girls Tour is holding a Pep Rally tomorrow at Girls Inc. in Denver. Youth from across Denver will be attending the Pep Rally, through their schools and nonprofit organizations. The University of Colorado head women’s volleyball coach, Liz Kritza, and several players also will participate in the event along with ESPN sports commentator, Abby Waner.

“When our students first learned that girls throughout the developing world as young as 15 are getting married or are not in school, they were shocked,” said Nina Safane, co-founder of Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS). “It is imperative that our girls become aware of global issues surrounding girls and consider how they can become part of the solution."

Girls attending the Pep Rally will have the opportunity to travel through an interactive display with a special “passport,” 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 and boys to take action in support of their counterparts overseas. An impressive group of Champions, Global Advocates and founding partners have joined the Girl Up movement to improve the lives of girls in developing countries, and will participate in the Tour throughout this year and next year. 

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.

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About Girls Inc. of Metro Denver
The core mission of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. As an affiliate of the national nonprofit organization Girls Inc., whose research-based programs and expertise on girls' issues date back to 1864, GIMD offers a variety of educational, enrichment and empowerment programs for girls ages 6 to 19 who are mostly from high-risk, underserved areas. GIMD programs, grounded in research and tested in the field, address educational, societal, and economic barriers girls continue to face. These programs encourage girls to master challenges, build self-esteem, and achieve confident and responsible adulthood. For more information, please visit www.girlsincdenver.org

About Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS)
GALS Denver is in its first year as an all-girls charter school. It is an Expeditionary Learning School that provides a college preparatory education in a supportive environment that fosters the academic mastery and personal development necessary for every young woman to become a powerful advocate for herself and leader of her community. For more information, visit www.galschool.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 Camp Fire USA, Girls Inc., Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, MTV Networks, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and Women’s National Basketball Association. 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 www.unfoundation.org.

Contact: Leslie Green, 202.572.2827, leslie.green@gmmb.com

 
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