On Saturday, June 23rd, I attended Wagner High School Girl Up club’s event in Staten Island. I had a great time meeting other wonderful Girl Up supporters and participating in their event. “Walk in Her Shoes” was held at Clove Lakes Park and relayed Girl Up’s mission of helping our counterparts in developing countries through numerous activities, such as the “Walk in Her Shoes” race in which boys were sponsored to race in high heel shoes to signify the challenges girls face every day all over the world and to demonstrate boys’ support in the efforts to end violence against girls and women. In addition, members of the Wagner High School Girl Up club educated people on Girl Up and collected donations. We also enjoyed a live performance, music, games, and even a water balloon fight!
As you might remember from a previous post, Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that gives American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to be educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. 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.
This event was a great example of how girls are taking action to bring awareness to these issues and speaking out on behalf of our sisters!