The event, taking place on the 10th of March 2018, will be introducing the official annual curriculum, semester agenda and the board that will be working as a part of our club. The event is for all global citizens supporting equality and inclusion of women and young girls.

Our national framework requires that we advocate for public platforms that allow women to express their dissent. It is even more crucial to have existing implications addressed and recommendations presented to the relevant ministries and agencies. We choose to be accountable on behalf of the women deprived of platforms to voice their troubles and we call you to participate in and support our initiatives.

Uniting girls to change the world. Every girl, no matter where she is born, deserves to dream. Help us as we make her dream a reality.

Worldwide, more than 60 million girls of primary and secondary school age are not in school. For girls in developing countries, getting an education is the key to a brighter future

Girl Up Johannesburg believes girls are powerful. When they’re educated, healthy, and safe, they transform their communities. When girls stand up for girls in need, they empower each other and transform our world. 

As the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, Girl Up engages girls to take action. Led by a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates raising awareness and funds, our efforts help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.

 

Why do we focus on girl empowerment?

  1. The second most common cause of the death for girls between the ages of 15-19 is complications from pregnancy and childbirth.
  2. Girls between the ages of 10-14 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20-24.
  3. 75% of HIV infected youth between ages of 15 – 24 are girls.
  4. 50% of sexual assaults worldwide are against girls 15 or younger.
  5. 1 in 7 girls in developing countries is married before the age of 15.

 

The UN partners we work with include:

  1. International Labor Organization (ILO)
  2. Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  3. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  4. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  5. United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
  6. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  7. United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
  8. World Health Organization (WHO)

Girls are powerful. Girls have limitless potential. Girls can change the world. And yet in certain places around the world, girls continue to lack access to opportunities.

It’s wrong. It’s unjust. And, plain and simple, it’s not smart.

When girls are empowered, it benefits all of us. Investing in girls is key to reducing poverty: Girls who receive an education marry later, have fewer children, and are more likely to get healthcare for themselves and their children. Every year of schooling increases a girl’s future earnings by 10-20%.

“What it boils down to is simple: If we want to drive progress in the world, we need to put girls in the driver’s seat.” – Kathy Calvin, CEO and President, UN Foundation

Even with these facts, we know that global development efforts have largely failed to reach the 250 million adolescent girls worldwide, especially the girls who are hardest-to-reach.

Girls encounter major obstacles and discrimination in their lives, and they experience them early.

We need to work toward a world where all adolescent girls can go to school, see a doctor, and stay safe from violence. It is critical to reducing poverty and driving social and economic change.

Achieving all of this won’t be an easy task, and it won’t happen overnight, but that’s no excuse not to act. In fact, it is the reason to step up our collective efforts, because when you invest in a girl, you are investing in her family, her community, and our world.

About the United nations foundation girl up campaign.

Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, an organization created
to support the work of the United Nations.

Since Girl Up’s launch in 2010, we’ve partnered with the United Nations to support comprehensive programs that give adolescent girls in developing countries an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.

United Nations

When disaster strikes, the world turns to one organization for hope, help, leadership, and coordination: The United Nations. When there is peace to keep between warring factions, the world asks the UN to mobilize peacekeepers, oversee elections, and create stability. In the face of challenges such as climate change, disease or poverty, the United Nations provides the platform for international cooperation.

United Nations Foundation

The United Nations is the one international organization with the reach and vision capable of solving global problems. The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and nongovernmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.

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