Why Advocate?

You were born to be heard. And together, when we raise our voices, we can make real change for girls. The actions you take can influence your elected officials and help change public policy so that girls everywhere can have a brighter future. Girl Up believes evey girl in every country can be an advocate for women's empowerment and gender equality. 

Advocacy is taking action to bring about political or social change. There are many different ways to advocate — in your local community, at a national level, and even globally. Keep reading to learn how YOU can be an effective advocate!

Put your action to use right away by participating in our ADVOCACY CHALLENGE or learn about more ways you can advocate on the go - check out our GIrl Up Advocacy App!

Our Priorities

Girl Up is currently focused on expanding access to education and keeping girls in school, including creating safe spaces for girls so they stay in school and receive a quality education. 

Recent Success: Improving access to education for refugee girls

Hooray - Protecting Girls' Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act is now a law!

Thank You - Don't forget to thank your members of Congress. If you are not sure how check out the 'Thank You Idea' ideas under 'Resources' on your right hand side. There are plenty of ideas and templates to get you started. 

What are we working on now?

Keeping Girls in School Act - This bill helps girls overcome obstacles that keep them from getting an education. It focuses on getting more girls into secondary school with the goal of having them graduate. Read more in 'Resources' under the 'Keeping Girls in School Act'.  

Our Goals

Our goal was to have 50 cosponsors in the House and Senate, and thanks to you we have 68 cosponsors total! 

House of Representatives (50 cosponsors)
Steve Chabot (R-OH1)                            Judy Chu (D-CA27)                          
Robin Kelly (D-IL2)                                  Daniel Donovan (R-NY11)                
Susan Brooks (R-IN5)                             Adam Kinzinger (R-IL16)                  
Larry Bucschon (R-IN8)                          Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL8)
Gerald Connolly (D-VA11)                      Seth Moulton (D-MA6)
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH9)                           Donald Payne (D-NJ10)
Brian Mast (R-FL18)                              Scott Peters (D-CA52)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL27)               Ed Royce (R-CA39)
Nydia Velázquez (D-NY7)                      Niki Tsongas (D-MA3)
Jamie Raskin (D-MD8)                          Peter Visclosky (D-IN1)
Kathy Castor (D-FL14)                          Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ12)
Paul Cook (R-CA8)                               Joe Wilson (R-SC2)
Beto O’Rourke (D-TX16)                       Anna Eshoo (D-CA18)
Ted Lieu (D-CA33)                                Zoe Lofgren (D-CA19)
Barbara Comstock (R-VA10)                David Scott (D-GA13)
Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR0)       Lois Frankel (D-FL21)
Brad Sherman (D-CA30)                      Mark Desaulnier (D-CA11)
John Sarbanes (D-MD3)                      John Delaney (D-MD6)
Mike Coffman (R-CO6)                        Joyce Beatty (D-OH3)
Val Demings (D-FL10)                         Joseph Kennedy (D-MA)
Brendan Boyle (PA13)                        Alcee Hasting (D-FL20)
Katherine Clark (D-MA5)                    Barbara Lee (D-CA13)
Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY18)         Alan Lowenthal (D-CA47)
Pramila Jayapal (D-WA07)                 Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC0)
Derek Kilmer (D-WA06)

Senate (18 cosponsors)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)                Jeff Merkley (D-OR)                   Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
Robert Menéndez (D-NJ)       Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)            Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Joe Manchin (D-WV)              Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)        Susan Collins (R-ME)
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)           Jack Reed (D-RI)
Edward Markey (D-MA)           Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Christopher Coons (D-DE)       Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)                       
John Boozman (R-AR)             Robert Casey (D-PA)

PLEASE thank your members of Congress, especially if they were a cosponsor! 

Upcoming Advocacy Activities

Recent Advocacy Posts

#SafetoLearn Campaign

What is the Campaign?

#SafetoLearn is a new campaign dedicated to ending violence in schools so children are free to learn, thrive and pursue their dreams. Their vision is to work with governments, civil society organizations, communities, teachers and children themselves to end all violence in every school by 2024.
Posted by Kirsten Elizabeth Foster in Girl Up News Jan 23, 2019 1:14 pm EST

Our Bill Is A Law!

Can you believe our bill (H.R. 2408/S.1580) "Protecting Girls' Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act" is now a law?! Your hard work of advocating for this bill over the last three years has finally paid off. The bill was signed into law last night by President Trump....
Posted by Kirsten Elizabeth Foster in Girl Up News Jan 15, 2019 4:11 pm EST

Herstory Is Being Made Around The World!

24d349ddf97ed889b2422016cbc32df6-huge-st A message from Girl Up Co-Executive Directors Melissa Kilby and Anna Blue:

Herstory is being made around the world!

This week in the United States, a record number of young people marched to the polls to vote in the midterm elections, sending a message that could not have been clearer: when young people are behind the...
Posted by Julie Willig in Girl Up News Nov 8, 2018 9:31 am EST

Keeping Girls In School Act & Fall Lobby Day

The Keeping Girls in School Act was introduced by Representative Frankel (D, FL) and Representative Brooks (R, IN). This bipartisan bill is designed to ensure that U.S. foreign assistance addresses the barriers that keep more than 130 million...
Posted by Kirsten Elizabeth Foster in Girl Up News Nov 6, 2018 12:09 pm EST

Join the Advocacy Challenge!

This Challenge is open to all Clubs in every country! This February and March, Girl Up challenges YOU and your Girl Up Club to think about what a safe space looks like in your community and how to start creating one. In the toolkit you will learn how to create an advocacy plan for your safe space, along with resources, such as a Power Point and worksheet,...
Posted by Kirsten Elizabeth Foster in Girl Up News Feb 21, 2018 2:35 pm EST

H.R. 2408 Passed the House!

Yay, you did it! You helped get H.R. 2408, ‘Protecting Girls’ Access to Education in Vulnerable Settings Act’, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives! Thanks to your tireless advocacy outreach to your representatives, they passed the bill unanimously through the House. That simply means that all representatives agreed on the bill, which is...
Posted by Kirsten Elizabeth Foster in Girl Up News Oct 4, 2017 10:29 am EDT

In-District Meetings: Tricks & Tips

c97b70874f990c3942220253e66777b2-huge-il For those who have never had an in-district meeting with their members of Congress, trying to set one up can seem scary or intimidating, but with a little a patience and practice in-district meetings can be the most effective way to get your members of Congress to support your cause. Hopefully, by reading my tips and tricks you’ll feel more comfortable...
Posted by Kirsten Elizabeth Foster in Girl Up News Aug 10, 2017 10:16 am EDT

Advocacy August

a8c0af4932c476b3e2dac9381df376b4-huge-gi It is Advocacy August, and we are excited to share a blog post with you from one of our awesome Teen Advisors, Angie Jiang, about ways she will be advocating this August:
“Hey Girls! I'm Angela (Angie) Jiang and I'm a current...
Posted by Kirsten Elizabeth Foster in Girl Up News Aug 1, 2017 10:12 am EDT

U.S. Senate Introduced Legislation To Support Refugee Girls' Education On Thursday!

Click here to read more about the incredible impact you had on elected officials through your lobbying last week! 

TWEET: After successful lobby day, @GirlUp welcomes the introduction of legislation to support education for refugee girls...
Posted by BaileyGirlUp in Girl Up News Jul 24, 2017 10:13 am EDT

Who Are The Girls And Women Impacted By Cuts On U.S. Foreign Aid?

You've heard it all over the news. The release of the administration’s 2018 budget proposal, which eliminates all U.S. funding for international family planning and reproductive health, is important. Girl Up works to ensure all girls are healthy so they can go to school, decide when they want to get married and when they want to have children...
Posted by Rocio in Girl Up News Jun 13, 2017 11:28 am EDT

Advocacy Boot Camp

Want to host your own advocacy boot camp, with the help of Girl Up? Click the button below to get your Advocacy Boot Camp 101 toolkit. This toolkit will provide you with the information to get started and have a successful event. 

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