New York: Two Indian-origin women are among 12 people named to an advisory council of the United Nations Foundation’s campaign that focuses on young American girls and raises awareness about issues facing adolescent girls.
Akila Somasegar and Anjula Acharia-Bath are among the 12 people on the advisory council of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign selected from diverse backgrounds and who are focussed on supporting girls around the world.
Somasegar is the Director of Revenue at Seattle-based start-up Buuteeq that is focused on delivering digital marketing systems for hotels.
Born and brought up in India, Somasegar is also a philanthropist focused on supporting a number of charitable groups targeting kids and women’s education and empowerment.
Acharia-Bath is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and Angel adviser/investor.
In 2007 she co-founded media company Desi Hits!, which helped introduce artists like Lady Gaga and Britney Spears to emerging global markets like India.
The council would help guide the campaign, focusing its efforts on helping Girl Up meet its fundraising and advocacy goals, advising on the campaign’s strategy and raising awareness among new audiences about issues facing adolescent girls, the campaign said in a statement.
Girl Up director Melissa Hillebrenner said through the council, the members would help guide the campaign’s strategy and lead efforts to mobilize people in their networks.
“They are integral to Girl Up and contribute directly to the campaign’s success,” Hillebrenner said.
The other members of the council include best selling author and leadership consultant John Gerzema, journalist, documentary film producer and literacy advocate Lilia Luciano, philanthropist and former attorney Linda Gersh, entrepreneur Molly Rudberg and Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Nickelodeon Networks Rhonda Medina.
The Girl Up is campaign of the UN Foundation and gives teenaged American girls the opportunity to channel their energy to raise awareness and funds for UN programmes that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.
Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has funded UN programmes that promote the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries and built a community of nearly half a million advocates including Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and Latin American business leader Angelica Fuentes.
The Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems and broadens support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach.