When we think about young people in relation to the Agenda 2030, what often comes to mind is that they will be beneficiaries of the development goals. However, young people are proving time and time again that they are not just recipients of change but are driving change in their own right. They are active decision makers in the development process and are making huge contributions to co-create the world they want and need.
Girls’ Globe bloggers had the opportunity to meet with and speak to Girl Up Teen Advisors from who are committed to girls’ and women’s empowerment and working to support the empowerment of girls BY girls.
Some of the questions we explored with them include:
How old they would be in 2030? How they hope the world would change by then?
What do they think girls really need?
Which of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) do they feel mostly strongly about?
What will they be doing to advance the particular goal they feel strongly about?
We hope they will not only inspire you but give you hope in the implementers and successors of the development agenda.
Each of us has a girl we admire. She might be an actress on your favorite TV show, an activist for an organization whose work you follow, or she might be a girl in your school or neighborhood who makes it a point to be friendly to everyone she sees.
Maybe she’s your mother. Or sister. Or best friend.
Whoever she may be, we want your help honoring her. To celebrate International Day of the Girl, Girl Up has launched #GIRLHERO, a photo-sharing campaign designed to light up social media feeds with the stories of girl power around the world.
Here’s how you can get in on the action right now:
Select a girl who inspires you – your very own #GIRLHERO
Post a photo of her on social media, tag her, and write why you think she is a #GIRLHERO
Rinse and repeat for the other powerful girlheroes in your life.
The theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl is “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision 2030.” This theme couldn’t be more fitting because girls do have power. Our world is filled with remarkable girls who act to make our world a better place. Who speak up, when others remain silent. These girls are girlheroes.
We’re asking you to tag your #GIRLHERO on social media, and we’re doing the same. You can read about our personal girlheroes at GirlUp.org/GIRLHERO, and find even more ways to get your #GIRLHERO on. Whether you want to add a filter to your social media profile picture to stand with girls around the world, sign a pledge to support the global goals, or make plans to see He Named Me Malala in theaters, there’s an action for you.
There might even be a pretty awesome girl power Spotify playlist for you to check out. So join us, and tell us who your #GIRLHERO is.
Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, supports the empowerment of girls everywhere. Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has funded UN programs that promote the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries and built a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates – including Girl Up Global Advocates Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and Latin American business leader Angélica Fuentes. Our youth leaders, representing more than 1,100 Girl Up Clubs in 66 countries, stand up, speak up, and rise up to support the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl. Learn more at GirlUp.org