Naomi Mitchell, Staff Writer – Girl Up is a club at Lecanto High School [LHS] and also a branch of the United Nations Foundation. It is meant to raise awareness for women in third-world countries and to provide them with the supplies and medical attention they need.
Students at LHS have joined together with the United Nations to support women, not just in these impoverished countries, but everywhere, including the local community.
Club vice president, Savannah Bass, explains why the members of Girl Up have joined together with these international organizations to start this club.
“The purpose of Girl Up is to raise awareness about girls who are in third world countries to help them get the health, safety, and education they deserve,” Bass said, “I joined because I wanted to help make a difference in our world and do something good.”
Many other members of the club believe it has positively affected men and women all around the world.
“[Girl Up] helps men and women know they are not standing alone, and there are people everywhere who are willing to help and let their voice be heard,” said club member Aysha Martin.
Some members of the club believe that joining has made them more aware of their own privileges and creates in them a desire to help others.
“My friends and I decided to start this branch for our county because we are all very passionate about equal rights in general,” said Jocelyn Standard, another founding member of the club.
Some members also believe that simply being aware of those women in the United States who do not have the same equal opportunities is a step toward a brighter future.
“[So far], Girl Up has raised about $500 and has held two fundraisers to donate money to providing necessities for women in countries such as Guatemala and Ethiopia,” said club member Brandy White.