Girl Up

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No matter their background, girls have the power to transform themselves, their communities, and the world around them. Girl Up is a global movement of empowered young women leaders who defend gender equality. Girl Up  provides young women and girls with opportunities to succeed and thrive as leaders in their slum communities through holistic education and economic empowerment. Through leadership development training, Girl Up gives girls the resources and platform to start a movement for social change wherever they are. For those who stand with us in this movement, there is no rest until we achieve equal rights for every girl. Because when girls rise, we all rise. Girl Up was founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010, and continues to work across a global community of partners to achieve gender equality worldwide. They strive to build a vibrant movement of girls who speak up against violence, make healthy and informed choices, and reach their full educational potential.

Girl Up’s leadership development programs have impacted 95,000 girls through 5,000 Clubs in nearly 130 countries and all 50 U.S. states. They've inspired a generation of girls to be a force for gender equality and social change.

Primary Functions

  • Awareness Raising/Advocacy
  • Capacity building/Technical assistance
  • Networking/Convening
  • Program/Project Implementation

Secondary Functions

  • Awareness Raising/Advocacy
  • Funding
  • N/A
  • Networking/Convening
  • Program/Project Implementation

Geographic Scope

  • Global / regional

Areas of work Back to Top

Education topics addressed


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • STEM

Cross-cutting topics addressed

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Community sensitization
  • Early/child marriage
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Emergencies and protracted crises
  • Empowerment
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting
  • Food/water security
  • Gender equality
  • Menstrual hygiene management
  • Mentorship
  • Nutrition
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • Sports
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Funders and partners Back to Top

Current girls’ education funders

Current girls' education partners

Locations and contact information Back to Top


Girl Up

Headquarters location(s)

  • New York, New York, United States of America
  • Washington, D.C., , United States of America

Office location(s)

  • Brazil
  • Ethiopia
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mexico
  • Uganda


Girl Up

Locations of current girls’ education work

Map showing countries (listed below) where the organization is involved with girls' education programs

Not applicable or unknown

Projects Back to Top