#11DaysofAction

11 Days,
11 Different Actions.

From October 1 leading up to International Day of the Girl on October 11, join us and take action so that every girl, everywhere can reach her full potential. Because while we are strong, together we are stronger.

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Action of the Day
Day 3: Donate A Photo
Help A Girl in Liberia Go Back to School

Think about all the photos you take every day. If you share just one photo using the free Donate a Photo app, Johnson & Johnson will help Girl Up send 58 girls in Liberia back to school.

 

 

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Miatta seems like any 16 year old in Liberia, with a passion for music, dancing and fashion. But her life has not been easy.

A few years ago, an uncle took Miatta to live in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city, with the promise of a better education. But instead of enrolling her in school, the uncle forced her to sell snacks and fruits in the street. She wanted to go to school, but every time she asked or refused to work, her uncle gave her no food to eat at home.

But Miatta kept asking every day. Exhausted and irritated by her constant requests, Miatta’s uncle forced her out of the house – throwing her onto the streets of a big, bustling city.

Fortunately, Miatta was able to find shelter for a few weeks with a friend and managed to return to her home in Totoquelley. She soon went back to school, and is now Miatta is proudly in the fourth grade.

Back in her home town, Miatta heard about an adolescent empowerment program in her community and signed up. The program has taught her to be confident, and she is teaching those in the program, too. She tells other youth not to compromise their education for anything and never to consider themselves too old for education.

The program, which is implemented by UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, ILA with the support of Girl Up, is helping hundreds of girls like Miatta to have a second chance.

As Miatta said, “With the support of this program, I am beginning to feel that maybe I can become what I want to be, a teacher in a college.”

Girl Up Champion

Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker is living proof that guys can unite for girls, too. The fashion photographer, filmmaker, author, and TV personality (best known for his role on America’s Next Top Model) added another claim to his awesome list of titles in 2010: Girl Up Champion. He attended the campaign’s “Unite for Girls” tour, which travels to cities across the United States to activate and engage teens from coast to coast. Nigel cites being the father of a young daughter and son to his motivation for his involvement with the campaign. As he said to the crowd at one of our events this May: “It’s time for more men to man up for Girl Up!” (Can you see why we love him so much?!)

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#11DaysofAction

- Companies That Care -

AT&T supports advancing women within the company (and has great leaders like Charlene Lake and Debbie Storey), and also supports organizations that promote women and girls.
 

- Organizations Doing Great Work -

The Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy & Leadership Initiative improves adolescent girls’ health, education, and livelihoods in Africa and Latin America by advocating for girl-focused laws, policies, and funding.

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