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“Learn ‘Girl Up’ by the UN Foundation.” ~ Doc Meek

Pledge to Unite for Girls with Girl Up






Friday, February 11, 2011. Today I am grateful for people who are engaged in helping girls, not just complaining about their plight. Such a one is Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation, from whom I received the following email recently.

Whole classrooms and whole schools could add their support to this UNF  “Girl Up” project:


The United Nations Foundation’s “Girl Up” campaign is a growing movement that is helping shine light on the needs of adolescent girls around the world. We were honored that TIME Magazine chose to highlight “Girl Up” in the February 14th issue, which is out [early]! The article addresses the need to focus more development aid on girls and recognizes those who are empowering teen girls to give back to the global community.

Advocating for women and girls has always been one of the United Nations Foundation’s top priorities. We believe that helping girls succeed is essential in the global drive to eliminate poverty and create a better, healthier, safer world. Studies have shown that an extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10% to 20% and that an extra year of secondary school increases that statistic by 15% to 25% more. That’s why since our founding, we’ve donated more than $44 million to United Nations programs that support adolescent girls in the developing world, and why we launched the “Girl Up” campaign last year — a campaign that connects girls in the U.S. with their peers around the world.

I encourage you to read the article and share with friends, family and colleagues. And if you haven’t yet, sign our pledge at:

to lend your voice in uniting for girls around the world.

We’re not just investing in girls in other countries — we’re investing in girls in the U.S., too. Nancy Gibbs says it perfectly, “And one at a time, a rising generation of American girls helps create the next generation of leaders, for the coming quiet revolutions.”

Thank you for uniting with us,

Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation CEO …………………………………………………………………………………………..

Thank you, Kathy Calvin, for reminding us that one of the best investments we can make worldwide is girls!

Doc Meek, Friday, February 11, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

P.S. I was delighted to sign the pledge to help girls worldwide. It cost me nothing:

As mentioned above:

Whole classrooms and whole schools could add their support to this UNF  “Girl Up” project!

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