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Teen Leaders Of U.N. Girl Up Talk About Their Heroes, Their Goals For The World's Girls

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What a wonderful initiative:

The U.N. Foundation's Girl Up initiative, a global campaign to promote adolescent girls' rights, started in 2010. This year, 275 youth leaders from 33 states and nine countries, including Rwanda, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, came to D.C. to participate in leadership training (one workshop was "Become A Social Media Maven"), learn from speakers like U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios and lobby on Capitol Hill.

Goats and Soda spoke to a handful of Girl Up leaders. On top of hobbies like dancing and playing the flute, these girls are active in chapters on their campuses and in their communities.

In our conversation, they gushed over Helen Clark, the former prime minister of New Zealand, and giggled when we teased them for not mentioning Beyoncé as a feminist icon. And there was a whole lot of snapping of fingers — their way of showing they liked what another was saying.

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