Why I Became a Girl Up Teen Advisor
by Fatimata Cham
I am so happy that I have been chosen to become a Girl Up teen advisor to the United Nations Foundation for the 2018-2019 school year.
“As the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, Girl Up engages girls to take action. Led by a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates raising awareness and funds, our efforts help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.”
Growing up in the South Bronx, I never thought that I would get an opportunity like this: to be surrounded by so many amazing girls who are just as passionate about social justice issues involving girls. There have been many times in my life where I have been told that I couldn’t do something just because I was a girl and Girl Up gives girls a chance to prove that there is no burden that comes with being a girl. Being a girl is a blessing within itself.
I am deeply passionate about girls education. Growing up in the states, I have the privilege of attending school without any problems- but there are many girls around the globe who do not get to do the same. Girl Up changes that by providing bikes for girls to get to school, fundraising, and creating spaces in which girls can truly thrive.
I am so excited for the coming year and I am honored to be a teen advisor for the United Nations foundation for the 2018-2019 school year. I have found a community of people in which I can truly trust and people who will be excited for my accomplishments. The fight for gender equality is on going and it does not end with Girl Up. It is important for us to realize the power that our voices have and that no matter your race, age, creed, religion you are capable of facilitating and creating change.