Investing in Adolescent Girls
Want to change the world? Invest in an adolescent girl! There are close to 600 million girls growing up in developing countries, and investing in an educated, healthy, skilled, and empowered girl today means she will have the tools to reinvest back into her family, her community, and our world.
Since our founding, the UN Foundation has worked to connect people to the UN and its work to improve the lives of adolescent girls around the world on such issues as education, health care, protection against violence, HIV/AIDS, child marriage, and early pregnancy.
The well-being of adolescent girls is the key to eliminating poverty, achieving social justice, stabilizing the population, and preventing foreseeable humanitarian crises. We have invested $44 million to support girl programs and help re-shape girls’ lives for the better through our work on such key initiatives as the United Nations Adolescent Girls Task Force and the Adolescent Girls' Advocacy & Leadership Initiative (AGALI). As a co-founder for the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, the UN Foundation has helped build the first-ever body of research on the issues impacting the world’s adolescent girls and have worked with leading experts in the field to develop advocacy agendas to prompt global action for girls.
In 2010, we expanded our community of girl champions even further with the launch of Girl Up — a “for girls, by girls” campaign that channels the energy and enthusiasm of American girls into a powerful force for change for girls globally. 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.
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