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.

Join us in the conversation on Facebook, Twitter @EEmpower, and Instagram.

Speaking with Girls’ Globe Bloggers! – Part 2

Girls’ Globe is an amazing global network of young women who in various ways are dedicating their time and energy to strengthening the rights and health of women and girls. It is through individuals like these that change is made and we are thrilled to be growing into such a strong force for change by joining hands in the struggle to make the world a better place for women and girls.

We want to continue to let their voices inspire you, not only through the great blog posts they write here, but through a new video interview series of short one-on-one Google+ Hangouts that you can watch and share.

Camaro West, Canada (St. Kitts)

Kara Brown, Scotland

Esther Sharma, UK

Marcia Banasko, UK

Stay tuned to upcoming interviews each week with Girls’ Globe bloggers from around the world. You can see all of them here.

Girls’ Globe and the 2013 Women Deliver Conference – One Year Later

Has it already been one year since the 2013 Women Deliver Conference? Where has the time gone?

Although it may seem as if the conference was only yesterday, a lot has happened over the past year.

The Girls’ Globe team meets for the first time at the 2013 Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The 2013 Women Deliver Conference was not only a remarkable occasion for various actors within the realm of international development to get together to discuss solutions and take action for women’s and girls’ well-being and health around the globe. This conference was the first time the Girls’ Globe team met face-to-face. It was at this place that the seed was planted for Girls’ Globe to grow into the youth-driven advocacy and communications organization that we are today. And since then, we’ve been active!

Since the 2013 Women Deliver Conference, the Girls’ Globe team has tirelessly advocated for the rights and health of women and girls around the world – and we are getting the world’s attention! In the past year alone, our website has been visited over 160,000 times, more than eight times the amount of views in our previous 16 months combined. What’s more exciting is that these website hits were not limited to one region but rather, included visits from every single country except two.

With 30 bloggers (and growing!) representing 16 countries and 4 continents, we are constantly adding fresh new faces and perspectives to our global team. However, we have not limited ourselves to sharing the voices of individuals. In the past year, we have brought a diverse group of women’s and girls’ organizations to the forefront as well. Our 22 featured organizations (and counting!) cover a range of international issues including but not limited to education, maternal and newborn health, gender equality, micro-credit, gender-based violence, WASH and leadership. We are proud to provide a digital space for these changemaking individuals and organizations to share their ideas, to be heard and to grow.

At the 2013 Women Deliver Conference, we were fortunate to partner with FHI 360 and Women Deliver to provide conference attendees and global followers alike live media updates, interviews, blogs, photographs, event summaries and more. Since then, the Girls’ Globe team has covered the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the 2013 United Nations General Assembly in New York City – each time bringing unique youth perspectives to conference coverage and thus, bridging the gap between youth and high-level decision makers. With several more conferences already awaiting Girls’ Globe coverage in 2014, we are excited to continue involving young people, and girls in particular, in the international conversation.

Our team of changemakers continuously advocates for the rights of women and girls across a variety of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, YouTube and Google Plus. In the past year, we have raised awareness and initiated a call to action for women’s and girls’ rights by, among other ways, hosting Google Hangouts and co-hosting Twitter chats alongside influential organizations such as the International Justice Mission, Johnson & Johnson, UNFPA and WaterAid America. With our online subscribers and social media followers combined, our team has created a network with a digital reach of over 20,000 people.

At Girls’ Globe, we strive to raise awareness and educate others about global issues concerning the rights, health and empowerment of women and girls. At our core, we believe that all women and girls should be free to live to their full potential, free from all forms of violence and discrimination. We believe that human rights are women’s and girls’ rights.

The Girls' Globe value statement
The Girls’ Globe value statement

We are constantly growing and connecting with changemaking and inspiring individuals and organizations. Do you want to make a difference for women and girls? Does your organization empower women and girls? Become a blogger or join our network and help change the world for the better.

We are thrilled to announce that Girls’ Globe will be attending the International Conference on Midwives (June 1 – June 5) and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) Partners’ Forum (June 30 – July 1). Keep up-to-date on all our conference coverage by signing up for our Daily Deliveries. Join the conversation online using #ICMLive and #PMNCHLive.

Thank you all for a fantastic year! We could not have done it without your support. We look forward to an even better future filled with stories of empowering women, inspiring girls, and unstoppable global advocacy.

Find out what others have been doing since the Women Deliver conference using #SinceWD2013!

Cover image: Girls’ Globe blogger Emma Saloranta asks a question to Melinda Gates at the 2013 Women Deliver conference