High five, everyone! I’m Mehar Gujral, a 17-year-old senior at Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies in Edison, New Jersey.
I’ve been a passionate advocate for women’s rights ever since I read the book “Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn that educated me on the plight of women and girls around the world. As a Teen Advisor for Girl Up, I hope to use this awareness to help make a better world for girls everywhere.
In my community, I serve as the President of my school’s Interact Club, the largest service club at my school, and as a columnist on women’s rights and international issues for my school newspaper. I’m also an award-winning delegate on the Model UN team, an Ambassador Girl Scout working toward my Gold Award, and a leader of my school’s Diversity Club. I’m an avid volunteer for my local library and serve on its Teen Advisory Board through which I’ve fundraised for the Wounded Warrior Project and served as Teen Judge in a local photography competition.
In addition to helping girls around the world through Girl Up, I am a blogger and activist for the SPARK Movement, one of 14 girls chosen this year to join this international activist movement to combat the sexualization of women and girls in the media.
My interest in diplomacy and global affairs has been developed by studying International Conflict Resolution in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University last summer, lobbying on Capitol Hill at this year’s Girl Up Leadership Summit, and volunteering at an international NGO in northern India this summer. My service trip to India also inspired me to create Power of a Pencil, a nonprofit project to build a children’s home for orphaned and impoverished children.
In my free time, I am a budding traveler, amateur photographer, guitar player, history buff, and an avid reader.
I’m so honored to continue my involvement with Girl Up as a Teen Advisor and excited to be a part of the effort to create a world where all girls have the opportunity and ability to achieve their dreams.