Since last week I posted about the oil spill, something outside the usual scope of this blog, I thought “why not keep the trend going?” I hope you’ll all take a few minutes to read about the UN Foundation’s GirlUp! campaign. A few summers ago I (like everyone else in the US) read Three Cups of Tea and have closely followed the work of Nick Kristof in the New York Times and the book he co-wrote with his partner, Half the Sky. The more I read, the more I follow the work of NGOs and development professionals, the more convinced I am that gender equity is a good in and of itself, but that it also helps ensure economic development and political/democratic change.
The GirlUp campaign
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.
I wanted to say “Hells yes” when I read their “Girlafesto.” Its thesis: “You see a girl. We see the future.”