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Rise Up at UNGA and the Clinton Global Initiative

September 09, 2016

PHI's Rise Up delegation is heading to the upcoming 71st session of the UN General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative to amplify girls and young women’s voices. The group features inspiring leaders and powerful public speakers who are empowering girls across Africa to achieve gender equity, end child marriage, and lead movements for change. Join them: 

Rise Up Events at the UN General Assembly and Clinton Global Initiative

Girl, Uninterrupted: Increasing Opportunity During Adolescence
September 20, 2016 | 11:00am — 12:00pm
Featuring Rise Up's Memory Banda

Adolescence is a key time in a person’s life, and it offers tremendous opportunity for growth and development. Yet for girls it is often the time where inequality and discrimination are cemented. Nearly 15 million adolescent girls worldwide are forced to marry before the age of 18, depriving them of further education and earning potential and also negatively impacting the countries in which they live.

When we invest in the health and secondary education of girls—especially STEM and skill-building—we not only have the opportunity to change the lives of 600 million adolescent girls, but to reduce poverty, grow economies, and increase global prosperity. This plenary session will be moderated by Chelsea Clinton and Katja Iversen with panelists including Kazuo Hirai, Sonita Alizadeh, and Memory Banda.

Meet Rise Up's Leaders

Girl Leader and Advisory Board Member, Rise Up, Malawi

Memory Banda is a tireless leader for girls’ rights around the world. At age 18, she led Malawi’s campaign that culminated in landmark legislation outlawing child marriage through her work with Rise Up and the Girls Empowerment Network of Malawi.

Memory works with girl leaders to eliminate child marriage, end sexual initiation practices, and enable girls to finish school. Learn more in her powerful TED Talk, which has more than 1 million views.

Africa Regional Senior Advisor, Rise Up, Malawi/South Africa

Grace Kaimila-Kanjo is a 25-year veteran in international development program management and advocacy, working on education, gender, youth, and HIV/AIDS. She works with Rise Up’s initiatives as lead advisor on capacity building and advocacy.

Grace was instrumental in working with Rise Up partner the Girls Empowerment Network of Malawi, supporting their campaign resulting in national legislation to end child marriage.

Founder and Executive Director, Rise Up, U.S.

Dr. Denise Raquel Dunning is a passionate advocate for girls, women and young people. She is the founder and executive director of Rise Up, which impacts the lives of 115 million girls, youth, and women globally.

Denise is a Fulbright Scholar whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Guardian, and she now is writing a book about girls’ empowerment globally.