Madeira’s Girl Up club is participating in the 11 Days of Action leading up to the International Day of the Girl on October 11. The club had its first meeting on October 1 and they are attempting to squeeze in as many ways to advocate and raise money for the Girl Up vision of a world “where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.”
Our students will participate in the “Donate a Photo” campaign in which girls donate $1 by uploading a photo through the Johnson & Johnson “Donate A Photo” app – 683 photos send one girl to school for a year. Students will also be encouraged to download that “Charity Miles” app and donate miles to Girl Up. Whenever you go on a run or walk, open the app, click on Girl Up, and have it track your distance or time. After you're done, the app will donate money to Girl Up based on how far or how long you've walked/ran.
On October 10, the club will have a bake sale to raise money for Girl Up during D and E period lunches. At the same time, club members will be asking students to fill out advocacy cards, writing why they think girls in developing countries deserve the same chance to be counted.
During the final day of 11 Days of Action, Bridget Duru ’15 has been asked to represent Girl Up on a panel during an event for International Day of the Girl, co-hosted by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the Nike Foundation. The event, on October 11, will launch the Girl Declaration. The event will focus on amplifying the voices of girls in the developing world. Other panelists will be leaders from Nike, ICRW and US government.
Bridget, Ingrid Braun ’15, Anna McMahon ’15, Elizabeth Macrides ’14, and Dara Summey ’15 will also be attending another exciting event on October 11 at the World Bank. 10x10’s Girl Rising, a global action campaign for girls’ education, will be hosting an event at the World Bank for International Day of the Girl on Friday, October 11 from 1-2 PM. Malala Yousefzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani student who was shot by members of the Taliban for advocating for girls’ education, will be in attendance, and students will have the opportunity to ask Malala questions during an interview.
Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation. For more information visit their website at www.girlup.org.Student Life