Girl Up is teaming up with The Oxygen Project because empowering girls is one of the best ways to tackle climate change. When a girl has access to education, she is better positioned to lead her community in sustainable practices and climate change solutions.
How can you take action to support Girl Up?
1. Donate to Girl Up to support our work helping more girls across the global have access to education.
2. Age 13-22? Start a Girl Up Club in your community to advocate for issues you care about, like climate change.
How does Girl Up support education for girls?
Girl Up is girl-led and girl-driven, engaging girls to create change in our world and work toward achieving global gender equality. Through our leadership programs, Girl Up inspires, convenes, trains, and connects girls globally, helping to position them as leaders and changemakers. With more than 700,000 supporters, Girl Up’s network of girls is a proven force for social good.
Girl Up is works with the United Nations in six countries to make sure adolescent girls have access to quality education and complete schooling (from nursery school through high school). Providing a girl with an education means that she is healthier, she is economically powerful, and she is poised to be a leader.
Not all girls have the chance to go to school. Equal access to education for girls is a human right, and it is also a means of achieving progress in other areas.
- In many countries, more than half of girls drop out before they reach the 6th grade.
- Girls often face social isolation and lack access to many services. For example, peer education programs, even if not school-based, are unlikely to reach urban girls, who are largely confined to the home.
- There are many barriers that prevent girls from getting an education, including school fees, the price of school supplies and mandatory uniforms, or long distances between home and school.
- For girls in developing countries, going to school can be more than just an opportunity to be educated – it can mean avoiding long work hours, staying healthy and safe, and the possibility of getting a job that otherwise would not be possible.