Teenage girls in the Washington, DC, area have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of girls around the world. This Saturday, January 15, the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up “Unite for Girls” city tour is stopping in the nation’s capitol to hold a pep rally in support of girls across the globe, and local teens are invited to take part in the educational and empowering event.
This “for girls, by girls” campaign mobilizes American teens to raise awareness and funds for UN programs that provide girls in developing countries with life-changing opportunities, like the ability to go to school, see a doctor, or access clean water in their communities and stay safe from violence. Through Girl Up’s support, they have the chance to become educated, healthy, safe, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.
The pep rally will be an interactive forum where girls can discover the issues their peers in Malawi, Liberia, Ethiopia, and Guatemala face every day. Along with local teens, celebrities are also showing their support for the cause — fashion photographer and Girl Up champion Nigel Barker will be in attendance on Saturday, too.
The event will take place from 12 – 3pm at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, FBR Branch at THEARC located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE. 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. Donations can also be made online through the Girl Up website.