Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan announced today that she will join the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign as a global advocate for adolescent girls. Her leadership will help drive Girl Up’s mission to educate, empower and protect millions of girls around the world.

This “for girls, by girls” campaign mobilizes the energy and compassion of American girls and empowers them to improve the lives of girls beyond their borders. Through Girl Up, supporters can contribute to UN programs that provide girls in developing countries with basic needs like access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence and more.

In her role as a Girl Up Global Advocate, Her Majesty will help broaden awareness about the issues facing girls today and inspire teens to get involved and take action.

“Girls are a powerful force for change in our world. If given the chance, girls can contribute to building stronger communities, countries and economies. However, if we are ever going to realize their potential, we need to invest in their future, today,” said Queen Rania. “I’m so pleased to join Girl Up in making a difference for girls and our entire world.”

Her Majesty will help support Girl Up’s traveling “Unite for Girls” tour, which aims to energize and engage girls in cities across the U.S. She will also visit Girl Up supported programs on the ground to observe first-hand the impact they can have on adolescent girls and communities.

“We are honored to work with Her Majesty to encourage girls in the U.S. to make a positive impact on the lives of their peers in developing countries,” said Kimberly Perry, director of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign. “Together, we can ensure that girls become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.”

Earlier this month, TV doctor Lisa Masterson also joined the campaign.

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