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.

Let’s celebrate Her Day!

As the world celebrates the run up to October 11th, at Her Turn we are amazed at all the amazing events, screenings, debates, articles and talks organized by so many various groups around the globe, that all raise awareness around the issues girls face worldwide.

To contribute, we produced the Her Day video. It was made entirely through volunteer contributions from development workers and caring friends from around the globe. We hope you enjoy it.

Big thank you to the participating organizations: More Than Me, PEPY Cambodia, CMAP and many amazing people from around the world who helped to make it happen. Most importantly, thank you to all the amazing girls who shared their ideas with us!

Music: Meant To Be by Rob Costlow.
Directed and created by Ola Perczynska (Her Turn) and Daniel Coyle.

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Can Online Videos Change the World?

Women and girls around the world are increasingly raising their voices online in an effort to enhance women’s rights.  This is a compilation of a few of our favorite recent videos. If you know of other inspirational videos, we would love for you to post them in the comments section below.

On Women in Movies and Television

On Child Marriage

On Gender Inequality in Toys

On Music

On Domestic Abuse

On Street Harassment

On Feminism

On Reproductive Health 

On Women in Sports

On Real Beauty

On Breastfeeding

Women's Global Interconnectedness: An International Boulevard

Two weeks ago, Connecther.org and Harvard’s Social Innovation Collaborative hosted its first ever Girls Impact the World Film Festival in which high school and college students from around the world were invited to use the power of social media and film to spotlight women’s issues they were passionate about. I spent about 3 hours watching the Top 15 film gallery one Saturday morning, moved and numbed by how deeply entrenched women’s inequalities are found not only on the streets India, Bangladesh, and Thailand amongst the many developing countries popularly spotlighted by the media but also the existence of these injustices within the neighborhoods of my own backyard.

Women’s issues around the world – though unique to each context, geography, and population demographics – are not separate problems. The sex trafficking prevalent in Thailand isn’t foreign to the prevalence of prostitution of young girls in Oakland, California. The high rate of teen pregnancy amongst the Latina population in Los Angeles, California isn’t foreign to the million of women in the Philippines who, before December 29, 2012, were denied access to and knowledge of contraception. The stories of women everywhere are intertwined, related, and inextricably connected to the idea that the commodification of women is still a global struggle. The stories connect at an international boulevard where one woman’s story can be manifest of the stories of women throughout the world. It manifests a shared commitment of girls and women for their counterparts everywhere.

In this idea of an international boulevard of women’s issues is the hope that unity, in spite of voids of inequality, will prevail. The concept of interconnectedness not only links the struggles against inequality by women everywhere, but also unites the power and the utter drive to help others recognize that pressing for women’s equality is a necessity. As a small anecdote to accompany this point, I was talking to a friend about blogging for Girls’ Globe as an “advocate for woman” the other day during lunch, and he replied at how outrageous it is that I (and the rest of society) label myself as an “advocate” for women. This realization dawned appallingly on me – that I am labeled as an “advocate” or “activist” when in reality, I am simply trying to do the right thing. Since when was standing up for what’s inherently right become definitive upon the label of activism? Beyond the societal labels of being a feminist, advocate, or activist, the unity resulting from the international boulevard is the movement of girls helping girls, women helping women, and most of all – generations helping generations. It is this boomerang effect of collaboration and unity that makes the efforts of girls’ and women’s empowerment resonante so powerfully.

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