Why Our Digital Sisterhood Matters

“For me Girls’ Globe has been a space to raise my voice and speak for those who can’t do that in my country. Girls’ Globe means freedom of speech, connection with other girls around the world and digital sisterhood. Girls’ Globe has taught me the hunger we have as women to speak up and to put our stories on the table and realize we are united for change.”

Lorena Monroy, Girls’ Globe Blogger, Mexico

“Girls’ Globe is an alive community of globally minded women. It’s a mentorship program and a launching pad for its members. I can’t say enough about how something seemingly so straightforward can have such a long lasting impact on the people involved in it.”

Farahnaz Mohammed, Girls’ Globe Blogger Jamaica

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“Being a part of Girls’ Globe has enriched my life in so many ways. As a blogger, I’ve gained skills in writing and research that have helped me grow professionally. Girls’ Globe has also given me a platform to explore my creativity through contributing with photographs and illustrations. It has also given me a space to share the story of my life and my struggles with mental health as a way to destigmatize the conversation around this still taboo topic.

Girls’ Globe has helped me become a better storyteller, and most importantly, a better person and advocate for girls and women worldwide.”

Gabrielle Rocha Rios, Girls’ Globe Blogger Brazil/USA

“Girls’ Globe means sorority, empowerment, a platform that has allowed me and other women to share our stories and to remind us that what we have to say matters. It has also given me a chance to meet women from many different countries who I deeply admire. Needless to say, I am incredibly grateful to be part of this community.”

Mariana Lizárraga, Girls’ Globe blogger, Mexico

Illustration by Laiza Onofre

“As an illustrator, Girls’ Globe has been a place of constant encounter and creation. It is a platform that has inspired me and taught me that there are more things that unite us as women that what we have been led to believe.”

Laiza Onofre, illustrator, Mexico

“Being part of Girls’ Globe is such a wonderful and empowering experience. It’s liberating to have a platform to share my thoughts as a young woman and a space to demand action on girls’ and women’s rights. But what’s more, is the feeling of being part of an inspiring community of women that is spread across the globe that collectively forms a movement pushing strongly for social justice.”

Sanne Thijssen, Girls’ Globe blogger, The Netherlands

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Meet Sarah North – Girls’ Globe Blogger from USA

Sarah North is a writer and adventurer based in Atlanta, GA. Professionally, she has worked in trafficking prevention and sustainable development with women and girls in the Himalayas of Nepal.

With an undeniable interest in supporting girls and women to tell their stories, Sarah works with Girls’ Globe to grow our global network of bloggers and organizations and with other administrative tasks and fundraising initiatives. Her recommendations to global leaders is to celebrate differences that women and girls have to bring to the table, for this creates space for new ideas and ways to problem solve world issues.

Sarah also writes for the outdoor outfitter REI and dreams of impacting women through backpacking and mountaineering expeditions that empower women to overcome discrimination and become leaders in their community. Sarah fills her spare time with trail running, climbing, and filming stories and adventures.

Follow Sarah on Twitter @theGraley

Featured image photo credit: Zayira Ray / Girls’ Globe

Video credit: Creative Director // Kimberly Graf, Film Director // Tiffany Jackman, Director of Photography / Editing // Skyler Whitehead, Whirlwind Productions LLC

Meet Amanda Ring – Girls’ Globe Blogger from Sweden

Since she was a young girl, women’s and girls’ rights have been one of Amanda Ring’s main passions. Amanda is an enthusiastic, generous and open-minded 18-year old from Sweden, who recently graduated High School where she studied Social Science with a focus on international relations. To help raise awareness of disparities for women and girls, Amanda participated in the United Nations General Assembly in New York City to enhance the conversation and inspire others to action.

Amanda is committed to working with her local UN-association and PLAN International chapter as she leads a project group with a special focus on women and girls. During her last year of high school, she led a project to help facilitate a cultural exchange between girls in Sweden and Tanzania within the area of gender equality. Amanda values the voices of women and girls and spreading their ideas and opinions around the world. Over the past year, she has blogged for Girls’ Globe which has been an invaluable experience for her to develop herself and gain more knowledge about global issues. Now, she hopes that inspiration to make a difference will spread across the globe and beyond the meeting rooms in New York City.

Featured image photo credit: Zayira Ray / Girls’ Globe.

Video credit: Creative Director // Kimberly Graf, Film Director // Tiffany Jackman, Director of Photography / Editing // Skyler Whitehead, Whirlwind Productions LLC

The Hidden Price of a Girl’s Education

Fifteen year old Aye Sander lives in the Buddhist nunnery, Chanthar Aung Nunnery School, in the poor outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar.  An avid reader, she is receiving a quality education.  Unlike girls her age attending government schools which teach rote memorization, Aye Sander is learning critical thinking – how to identify, assess, and solve problems – an immeasurable life skill.

350 girls attend Chanthar Aung Nunnery School and forty orphans, like Aye Sander, live there.  With seven classrooms and eleven teachers, the school is overcrowded.  A new building stands nearby, half finished, without funding to complete the roof and flooring.  All their food is cooked over wood fires. Only one of the buildings has electricity.

The school depends primarily on donations.  Novices walk through the village twice a month asking for rice and donations.  It is always a struggle to make ends meet and is made more frustrating by the fact that monks are allowed to ask for food on a daily basis.

The head nun, a lovely and gracious woman, cares deeply for all the girls in her care.  When asked what her greatest challenge is, she said it is to feed the 40 girls who live there.

Aye Sander and her two younger sisters have lived at Chanthar Aung Nunnery School since she was three years old.  Unfortunately, her story is not unusual.  Born in the ethnic Shan state, Aye Sander’s parents divorced when their small business failed.  Unable to support the 3 girls on her own, her mother sent them away to Yangon to live and receive an education. This is the hidden cost of Aye Sander’s education.

However, Aye Sander is fortunate to be receiving an education.  Only half of Burmese girls complete primary school, and the majority of those girls do not learn critical thinking.

Education is critical to escape chronic poverty, which is wide spread in Myanmar. For some, poverty is transitory. However, the more vulnerable remain poor for long periods – even all their lives – passing on their poverty to their children.

The United Nations General Assembly convened last month in New York to create Sustainable Development Goals that will “pick up where the Millennium Development Goals left off, fill in the gaps and take us to the next level”.  Whether the goals target poverty reduction, gender equality, health, the environment, or other sustainable issues facing today’s world, education is the common denominator to the goal’s success.  The world is starting to acknowledge the power of education – especially the impact created by educated women and girls.  Yet, there is often a hidden price for that education, as experienced by Aye Sander.

Help girls attain their right to education. To take immediate action:

  • Join Girls Globe conversation on Twitter @GirlsGlobe
  • Donate to Educational Empowerment at donate.
  • Organize an event for International Day of the Girl, October 11th, to create awareness for girls’ right to education
  • Let your voices be heard for girls worldwide!

Educational Empowerment was created by women for women and girls. EE promotes literacy and education for children, families and communities severely affected by poverty and injustice in Myanmar. By empowering women and girls through education, we position women in Myanmar to attain their equal rights.

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