Did you know that 40,000 girls every day are forced into child marriages? Or that in the United States alone, 1 in 3 women will be beaten by an intimate partner?! Given these shocking statistics, I am passionate about introducing today’s guest, Anna Blue, who is working to empower girls around the world with the tools needed to help support women both domestically and abroad.
Anna Blue serves as the Deputy Director of Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that mobilizes, trains and empowers influential teen girl leaders through community organizing, advocacy and global networking. Listen in as Anna shares how Girl Up is working to battle cultural stigmas of girls and women around the world, as well as provide them with education and simple tools (i.e. a bike), that have such an incredible impact on their life.
As you listen in to her interview, you’ll hear how Anna’s family was instrumental in shaping her drive “to change, to save, to do” and how her life as a young adult only further affirmed her mission of helping others.You’ll also her how Anna’s experiences in politics and campaigning led her to the passionate work she does today, and how she is sharing its importance with the next generation.
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“It’s amazing the power of one little thing that we don’t even think about here. A bicycle can completely change every aspect of a girl’s life in another part of the world.” – Anna Blue
- What is Girl Up?
- Terrifying Statistics Around Girls & Women
- The Impact of Small Things Around the World
- Cultural Perspectives of Women/Girls Around the World
- How Anna’s Mom shaped who she was
“We live in this borderless time now, so girls in our program very much recognize the thing that I didn’t recognize until I was in adulthood, which is the only thing that separates me and another girl who is being forced into a marriage or who is being raped everyday is geography.” – Anna Blue
- Anna’s experience as a Single Mom
- The Ivory Tower of D.C. Politics
- A Pivotal Moment in Anna’s Son’s Life
- The Importance of Male Allies for Women’s Equality
- Advice for 20-Year Old Self
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“ ‘Mom, I get it.’ And it was those three words that hit so hard…” – Anna Blue