Want to Help Start a Girlution?

My friend Tamara Kreinin (pictured here), who is executive director of the United Nations Foundation Women and Population program,  sent me several e-mails during the last couple of weeks announcing that she was about to begin blogging. Seemed a little quaint that she was fretting about whether she was getting the art of the blogpost right, given that I get messages from e-consultants daily telling me blogging is already dead.

Well, you and I know blogging is alive and well. So all of you  who can’t fit an entire story into a 140-character tweet or a text, please join me in welcoming Tamara to the international league of bloggers. I am delighted to cheer on the inspiring new girls’ movement she’s initiated by re-publishing her first blogpost as a guest post here at Heartfeldt. If you want to help the Girlution in the U.S. and overseas, check out the Girl Up website to learn how.

The Girlution Girls of New Orleans

Dec 17 by Tamara Kreinin

If you want to help start a revolution to help the world’s girls, look no further than “Girlution” in New Orleans!

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I met some remarkable girls at the Louise McGehees School in New Orleans who — along with Girl Up Teen Advisor Katherine Cochran — created Girlution. The idea behind this unique movement is that girls are the solution to ending global poverty and that every girl should be given an opportunity to develop to the best of her ability. The team invited me to discuss the programs Girl Up is supporting, including the Berhane Hewan program in Ethiopia that has helped girls delay marriage and pregnancy.

(NB: check out this video about Girl Up)

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Girlution is truly a “for girls, by girls” movement! The girls have come up with sophisticated ways to raise money for the Girl Up campaign. They have a thermometer that rises as funds are raised (don’t you want to help them exceed their goal?!), a tribute list to honor those who have given, a thank you letter that goes to each donor, and they read campaign finance reports to expand their donor prospect list (be careful, you might be on it!). I brought some Girl Up give-aways for the Girlution organizers, but the first thing Katherine said when she saw them was, “Oh good, we’ll raffle them off to raise money so that the girls of Malawi can go to school.”

But these girls are far more than just fundraisers. They are educators and advocates as well. I walked through the school and saw Girlution everywhere I turned, on the splash page of every public computer, the signs on the doors, and the bulletin boards. I’ll be back next semester when they roll out a middle school curriculum for their schoolmates across the way, and begin taking Girlution to other schools, and perhaps acquire billboards!

The Girlution girls ask us all to “help spread the word. 600,000 million girls + 600,000 million solutions = Girlution! Visit their blog to learn more:/ or go to www.girlution.org.

p.s. I went home to my usual spot in New Orleans, opened a newsletter from my friend’s Methodist Church, and, there was Girlution — my friends had already made a gift! If you want to know how girls help girls, follow Girlution

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