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'Girl Up!' starts up at MHS

posted Oct 13, 2019, 2:17 PM by Andrew Tichy
By: Antonia Am Orde
News Reporter

Girl Up is a global movement to empower young women leaders who defend gender equality, founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010. Through leadership development training, they provide girls with the resources and platform to start a movement for social change wherever they are. “I heard about Girl Up through friends I met in debate that have clubs at their schools in the Cities and I have been wanting to start a female empowerment based club for a while now, so it sounded like the perfect fit!” says Juli Hanson, the president and founder of Girl Up here at Moorhead High. 

The mission of Girl Up is to work towards ending gender inequality here at school, in the community, as well as all over the world. Every Friday at 7:45, the club assembles in Mrs. Stafford’s room in the basement to discuss topics concerning women and girls and plan their next actions. 

“I joined Girl Up with the hope of being a more active person in my school environment and to become a person who is willing and able to empower women” says Antoinette Lighe, a senior at Moorhead High and member of the club. She hopes the club will teach her new ways to empower oppressed or low self-esteem girls in her environment. “I hope I can make a difference in the lives of others by being involved in Girl Up!”

One of the main focuses of the club is fundraising for women in developing countries, but they are also working towards creating a safe space for girls at the High School and having an impact in the local community. That is why they will be planning various events at MHS and in the Fargo-Moorhead Area throughout the year. Right now, they are hosting a drive in the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. They are collecting a variety of items like diapers, baby clothing, stuffed animals or toys to donate to YWCA in Fargo. Since the club is brand new and has only met twice so far, this is their first real initiative. They are also working on their first fundraising project raising money to end gender based violence, starting November 1. 

If you are interested in joining the club, you are welcome to their weekly meetings, every Friday at 7:45 in room 106. No matter what gender, the club is open to everyone, as long as they are passionate about women’s rights and gender equality. Get your voice heard and stand up for what you believe in! Get involved!