Girl-Up plans for website launch in January

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Caroline Attmore

With their interactive website set to launch in January, Girl-Up hopes to spread awareness about topics such as politics, women’s education, and other global issues. 

Ashika Deshpande, Staff Reporter

Many campus clubs are hosting fundraisers and donating items this holiday season in order to make a change, but Girl-Up Club has decided to take a different route. With their interactive website set to launch in January, Girl-Up hopes to spread awareness about topics such as politics, women’s education, and other global issues. 

“Everything submitted will be on the website, but one from each category will be selected and sent out in a monthly newsletter,” club president, senior Thrisha Malireddy said via email. “This will be split between opinion pieces and non-biased research articles and will provide a platform for members to showcase their art through literature, actual art, or even poetry.”

The website is not only available to students on campus, but also to students from different schools. 

“This provides students with a voice to show their differences, and see other people’s favorite experiences,” Malireddy said. “

It can allow them to feel as if they’re not alone in this world, and hopefully develop new friendships,”

— Thrisha Malireddy

There are many key design features to the website that make it interactive. 

“Some features of the website include the Girl-Up information, and a place that guides individuals to various resources to learn more about the gender gap issue,” vice president, senior Suhani Kunam said. “The blog/article section is meant to reflect the involvement of our members.”

By engaging with the website, students can earn volunteer hours as well. 

“In order to gain more interaction we will probably offer students volunteer hours, and have bi-monthly meetings,” Malireddy said. “Another possible idea is to have themes every month, so all the submissions somewhat relate to each other.”

The long term goals for the club consists of reaching out to a wider audience.

“We hope to push it out to the general community as well in order to garner more support and when we do conduct our next fundraiser and gain more financial support to donate a larger sum,” Kunam said. 

Any student is welcome to write pieces for the website where they can share their stories and opinions. 

“We are trying to design it in a captivating and unique way where it will have a blog section, newsletters, opinion pieces, and a creative section,” secretary, senior Stephanie Qui said. “We want to promote learning and understanding in a way that is not so daunting rather in a more casual way.”