Heartbeat – Zade, Ansam and the children of Syria | دقة قلب – زيد وأنسام وأطفال سوريا

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“A war when more children and women die than grown armed men is a very dirty war.” – UN Special Advisor Jan Egeland

WhiteFlagAs the war in Syria enters its seventh year, many of us feel helpless. We hear stories about children such as Fares, a 6-year-old from Syria who has never seen a classroom in his life, and we wish there was something we could do.

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But we must not give up hope. Together, we can take action. Together, the Messengers of Humanity can show their solidarity with the Syrian people.

Remember, you are not alone

The United Nations and our partners in Syria are delivering aid to millions of civilians, trying their best to reach as many people as possible. And on 4 and 5 May, world leaders will come together in Brussels to discuss the future of Syria and to find a lasting political resolution.

Children’s suffering has hit rock bottom in Syria as the conflict reaches six years. The Pitufina_Ansamsong, which is composed and donated to UNICEF by Zade Dirani, UNICEF Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa, is a message of hope from Syria’s children to the children and people of the world, with a simple request to get their childhood back.

The song is performed by 10 year-old Ansam, an internally displaced girl in Syria who was born blind. The song was shot in an area of Syria heavily damaged by the fighting. Children performing as part of the choir are all internally displaced and participate, along with Ansam, in UNICEF psychosocial support programmes.

Action 1:  Make sure that Syria is not forgotten – share on social media

Action 2: Encourage universities to offer scholarships for refugees

MG_121For refugee students, not being able to continue their studies is devastating. Help them by writing an e-mail or a letter to your own university or a college near you and ask them to support a refugee. You can also e-mail major universities in the USA, asking them to admit more refugees. Here is a handy template. 

Action 3: Support internally displaced people in Syria

We hear a lot about refugees who seek safety outside Syria, but more than six million Syrians are displaced within their own country. They are often forced to flee at very smilie_shop_011short notice and have to leave everything behind. Many of them find refuge with host families, but others have to stay in overcrowded shelters. As the conflict continues, they are struggling to find food and water and are in dire need of humanitarian aid. If you want to help internally displaced people in Syria, you can donate to the UN’s humanitarian fund in Syria. Your donation will provide emergency food, water, shelter, medicine and other life-saving assistance to those who need it most.

Action 4: Help refugees to integrate into a new culture

16684238_1789447117974151_2669808619472774020_nRefugees often feel lonely and isolated when they try to restart their life in a new country. Could you see yourself mentoring a refugee family? Imagine teaching the kids your language or helping the parents figure out the public transport system. Even small gestures of friendship can mean a great deal! A quick Google search can show you which groups and local non-profits are active in your area and looking for volunteers.

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International Day of Happiness

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Ahead of International Day, UN and Smurfs team up to promote happiness and sustainable development

18 March 2017 – Every person – no matter how big, small or blue – can make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy, the United Nations today told young people at a special ceremony for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that included the Smurfs and a handover of the key to Smurfdom.

81998_Happy4Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village joined 1,500 students from the international Model UN conference to celebrate the upcoming International Day of Happiness, which focuses on personal well-being, and the SDGs, which include decent work for all, education and health services.

In a special blue carpet presentation, the United States stars of the movie – Demi Lovato, who voices “Smurfette”, Joe Manganiello who is “Hefty” and Mandy Patinkin or “Papa Smurf” – honoured three young Pitufina_students promoting the SDGs in their communities with a symbolic key to the Smurfs Village in recognition of their work.

“On behalf of all Smurfdom, thank you for your work in awakening everything, in your community, through you social media, all over the world, in the ways that you have chosen to encourage people everywhere to make this world a better place for those who are so vulnerable in every way imaginable,” Mr. Patinkin told Karen Jerath, Sarina Divan and Noor Samee.

Small Smurfs Big Goals

Ms. Jerath, who is 20 years old, invented a containment device that could prevent offshore oil spills and ensure the protection of marine life. She was joined by Ms. Divan, 17, who Brainy_Smurfexpanded a UN Foundation girl empowerment initiative at her high school and beyond, and Mr. Samee, also 17, a UNICEF blogger and advocate on social justice issues.

Given a giant key with the SDG multi-coloured logo by UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach, the students were told “the world needs you to continue.”

 

“Never be afraid to speak up and to make this world a wonderful, beautiful, hopeful, optimistic place full of freedom, joy, justice and dignity, good food, good water, good opportunities for people everywhere, forever,” said Mr. Patinkin.

The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign was created to encourage people to visit SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com to find out how to contribute to achieving the SDGs, and to share information, ideas and images on social media.

Hefty-originalAs part of today’s festivities, the UN Postal Administration unveiled a special edition stamp sheet featuring the Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign.

The stamps, which feature images of the Smurfs and the SDG logos, were presented by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Management, Stephen Cutts, and the Belgian Ambassador to the United Nations, Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve.

The event, held at the UN General Assembly in New York, was organized by the UN, UNICEF and UN Foundation, ahead of the International Day of Happiness marked annually on 20 March.

Happness Day

In 2015, the UN launched 17 SDGs that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our 1e1b3cdbf05d89c69d70d9be14799a10planet – three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.

Along with New York, celebrations were held around the world to mark the campaign and the SDGs.

On Monday, the film cast along with the UN, UNICEF and UN Foundation will be at the Empire State Building to turn the iconic tower blue in honour of the International Day of Happiness and the Small Smurfs Big Goals campaign.

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International Women’s Day 2017

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You couldn’t be where you are today without a good education. ~ ONE

What is International Women’s Day?

chuckie-holing-sign-5The idea for an International Women’s Day arose around the turn of the 20th century out of a long-standing movement for women to participate equally in society.

The first International Women’s Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. Between 1913 and 1917, women elsewhere in Europe began to celebrate the day as well.

Over time, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. The theme was expanded by the United Nations in 1975 with the International Women’s Year. By 1977, the United Nations had adopted a resolution designating March 8 as International Women’s Day. Today, International Women’s Day is a national holiday in many countries and celebrated in many more. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day (IWD).

Each year, March 8th – and the week in which it falls – provides an opportunity to take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making — both in Canada and around the world.

But wait… gender equality already exists, doesn’t it?

Equality between women and men is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Government of Canada is committed to upholding gender equality in all sectors of Canadian society. We have made great strides in many areas, such as education and workforce participation.

Nevertheless, challenges remain:

Learn more from the Status of Women Canada

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We’ll organize people across the country and around the world to make sure that girls and women are at the heart of our poverty-fighting strategy by promoting their access to education. When girls get an education, they are less likely to become child brides, contract HIV, and they have greater economic opportunities for the rest of their lives, which is good for everyone.

Right now, 130 million girls are out of school.

You wouldn’t be where you are today without an education – and it’s in your power RIGHT NOW to help these girls get access to an education.

If you care, ACT. Add your name to our letter, and we’ll deliver it in-person to leaders all across the globe this International Women’s Day, March 8th.

A Letter to Leaders

But because poverty is sexist, 130 million girls across the world are denied this basic right. Indeed, if the number of girls out of school formed a country, it would be the tenth largest on the planet – bigger than Japan or Germany.

All children deserve a good education, but in the poorest countries girls are denied it more often than boys. Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community and her country.

We cannot afford to squander the potential of 130 million girls to cure diseases or end wars, invent brilliant technology or revolutionize an industry…or simply to access opportunity.

We are coming together and uniting across our divides to get every girl into school and to make sure she gets a quality education once she’s there.

But we need you to do the same.

Your education helped you to get where you are today – and it is in your power to help millions of girls to get theirs. Please act now, with the right policies and the necessary funds.

Show us that politics can work for the people – starting with the people who need it most.

Learn more from The ONE Campaign 

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International Women’s Day 2013 #SpinBack

From China to Costa Rica, from Mali to Malaysia acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are “One Woman”.

Launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, the song is a rallying cry that inspires listeners to join the drive for women’s rights and gender equality. “One Woman” was written for UN Women, the global champion for women and girls worldwide, to celebrate its mission and work to improve women’s lives around the world. “One Woman” reminds us that together, we can overcome violence and discrimination against women and look toward a brighter future: “We Shall Shine!” Join us to help spread the word and enjoy this musical celebration of women worldwide.

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March 8th is International Women’s Day!

International Day of the Girl.

International Day to End Violence against Women.

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The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

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Clean air, water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics, it is a question of our own survival.” ~ Leonardo DiCaprio, U.N. Messenger of Peace for the Climate, United Nations, 2014

Mission

sign-circleThe Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. LDF’s grantmaking program encompasses six focus areas:

  1. leonardo-dicaprio-smilieWILDLAND CONSERVATION
  2. CLIMATE CHANGE
  3. INDIGENOUS RIGHTS
  4. MARINE CONSERVATION
  5. INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
  6. PUBLIC ADVOCACY

LEONARDO DICAPRIO FOUNDATION CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

The LDF Climate Action Plan is a set of climate change solutions and targets that we believe can frame a universal strategy to combat climate change. We believe this plan can support visionary leaders in every nation who are attempting to find the appropriate combination of responses through policy, technology, and finance.

We present 8 sets of goals and implementation strategies in order of their ability to slow the pace of greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere, that will provide the permanent solutions of a sustainable environment and a robust economy for generations to come. Click the link following each category for a detailed list of recommended strategies.

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Before The Flood, The Film

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a aboutjourney as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-smiley20deliverywinning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power.

world-smilie“We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction,” says DiCaprio. “This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.”

Before the Flood premieres in theaters on October 21st and will air globally on the National Geographic Channel on October 30th in 171 countries and 45 languages, you can now also catch the English version below.

The carbon emissions from Before The Flood were offset through a voluntary carbon tax. Learn how you can offset your own carbon emissions by going to CarboTax.org.

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You can also learn more or take action at beforetheflood.com


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International Human Rights Day 2016

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Human Rights Day 2016 “Stand up for someone’s rights today!”

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of christmas-carol-merry-christmas-xmas-christmas-smiley-emoticon-000562-largeHuman Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is smilie-and-chuckie-santasheading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.

We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.

The time for this is now. “We the peoples” can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.

It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

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Driving force behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Eleanor Roosevelt Speech on Human Rights

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Join us and “Stand up for someone’s rights today.” We want to encourage, support and 2343126_125amplify what you do in your everyday life to defend human rights. Together, let’s take action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion. Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. But we can change the course by reaffirming our common humanity and taking action to support everyone’s human rights.

Video: It starts with you

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein explains why standing up for someone’s rights helps to provide safety, security and reaffirm humanity in the world.

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Human Rights Day is celebrated by the global human rights community and the whole United Nations family. Activities are planned across the world to commemorate the signature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Read more.

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Learn more about Human Rights Day 2016

Learn more about “Stand up for someone’s rights today.

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The U N Refugee Agency Gift Store

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i-love-youGive a gift. Save a life.

If I were not scraping for food myself, this would be my choice because the smallest gift would be a treasure to a refugee, to those whom have very little, your Gratitude would be a gift of love and light to a kid in a displaced world……Terry.K

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Welcome to UNHCR’s gift shop—where giving gifts can save lives. When you choose an item from our catalogue, you’re ensuring that refugees have access to vital resources—including shelter, medical care, education, nutrition and clean water.

Your gift delivers the essentials of life, as well as hope for the future.

Let’s get started!

Making a gift through our online gift shop is easy. In less than 15 minutes you can complete the three steps listed below. You’re on your way to helping deliver the essentials of life to families who need your help.

How it Works

  1. Browse our catalogue: Choose from any of our six giving categories, each with their own life-saving resources.
  2. Send a personalized card: Dedicate one of our beautiful paper or e-cards and let someone know that you’ve made a gift in their honour.
  3. Deliver your life-saving gift: Your gift will be put to work immediately providing life-saving aid to refugees around the world.

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About UNHCR

Those whose lives have been uprooted and torn apart by conflict or natural disaster, UNHCR exists to help them. This is our story.

schoolUNHCR helps refugees and other displaced people around the world survive, recover and rebuild better futures. Last year, UNHCR delivered more than 15,000 tons of essential relief and survival items to displaced families.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, provides life-saving aid to those who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of violence, conflict or persecution. We provide refugees with the essentials they need to survive—including clean water, food, shelter and medicine—as well as access to vital resources like education and counselling.

With 9,700 employees working in more than 126 countries, we assist more than 65 million 6581111d1ad676dd8aa128c26a2d1578people forced to flee their homes worldwide.

UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives since its foundation in 1950. For our work with some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, we have twice been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

While you shop learn more about The United Nations Refugee Agency


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Orange Day

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BACKGROUND

Throughout 2015, the UNiTE campaign advocated, organized and mobilized its constituencies to keep violence against women at the top of national and global agendas. It highlighted key developments, engaged diverse communities, and focused its global advocacy on ensuring that violence against women and girls was prioritized in the global development agenda.

12347729_10153222658681905_8033383126915588256_nA new global development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015. It was accepted by all countries and is applicable to all. Through its 17 goals and 169 targets, the agenda for global action for the next 15 years addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development; the economic, social and environmental. It recognizes gender equality and the empowerment of women as a key priority and pledges that ‘no one will be left behind’. Goal 5 of the agenda aims to ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ and includes specific targets to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. The goals are integrated and indivisible, therefore the achievement of many of the other goals is also essential to progressing efforts to prevent and elimination violence against women and girls.

The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals was a milestone in the advancement of the global development agenda with great potential to accelerate efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. The agenda is, however, extremely ambitious and if it is to be successful, must be adequately financed. Implementation will also require national ownership and leadership by governments and the dynamic engagement of civil society organizations to  support the implementation and hold government to account for progress.

THE UNITE CAMPAIGN IN ACTION IN 2016

In 2016, the UNiTE campaign will focus its global advocacy on:

  1. The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentas it relates to violence against women and girls.
  2. The need for adequate resourcing for efforts to end violence against women and girls.

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It’s #OrangeDay and #UNiTE is busy planning for 2016. Watch out for our #OrangeDay themes for this year coming soon! 

In 2016 #OrangeDay will take a closer look at how ending #VAW is a must for achieving #globalgoals & #planet5050: 

Happy #OrangeDay! What are you planning to support the efforts to end #VAW in 2016? Share your plans with @SayNO_UNiTE

Happy #OrangeDay. In 2016 #UNiTE calls for implementation of the #SDGs and adequate funding to end #VAW. Join us! 

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International Human Rights Day

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As we approach another Human Rights Day it reminds us of a universal protection that most people are not even aware that they actually have rights, Human Rights 365 days a year. This being my third year (still waiting for my first pay cheque 🙂 ) supporting the United Nations International Human Rights Day campaign, Human Rights Day 2014 #Rights365 and International Human Rights Day 2013 or you can find it below also which I am now updating and every year to date, I have seen progress, there is still a long way to go, but only with our continued persistence and determination will we conquer.  Terry.K

Long live “THE UNITED NATIONS

erooseveltHuman Rights Day December 10, 2015, It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.

smiley-santa-emoticonThe two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights (PDF), setting out the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.

5140334483865600“Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” aims to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary. The year-long campaign revolves around the theme of rights and freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear — which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago. For more this year’s theme and the year-long campaign, see the website of the UN Human Rights office.

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Human Rights Day ~  December 9, 2013 is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested organizations to adopt 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day. When the General Assembly adopted the Declaration, with 48 states in favor and eight abstentions, it was proclaimed as a “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”, towards which individuals and societies should “strive by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance”.

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Although the Declaration with its broad range of political, civil, social, cultural and economic rights is not a binding document, it inspired more than 60 human rights instruments which together constitute an international standard of human rights. Today the general consent of all United Nations Member States on the basic Human Rights laid down in the Declaration makes it even stronger and emphasizes the relevance of Human Rights in our daily lives. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, as the main United Nations rights official, and her Office play a major role in coordinating efforts for the yearly observation of Human Rights Day.

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International Day of the Girl.

banner.5The question isn’t “why girls?” but “why wait?”

What if we could solve the problem of poverty before it even started?
Turns out we can. The solution? Girls.
Girls are the most powerful force of positive change on the planet.
Unleashing their potential is critical to ending global poverty and accelerating progress on some of the toughest challenges of our time.
In fact, girls are so important that the UN has declared today the International Day of the Girl.
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Let’s use today to spread the word about this movement and create the kind of buzz that causes leaders to
sit up and listen.

We invite and encourage you to take a few minutes to watch this video, share it on facebook, or twitter, and consider making a donation to the Girl Effect Fund.
Just like your parents, friends, and teachers have empowered you, we must continue to empower girls to declare their own goals and achieve their unique vision of success.
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Diana and the women of GlobalGiving

P.S. If you’ve watched the Girl Effect video upwards of 9 times, and it still gives you chills, you’re not alone.

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