Author: Girls' Globe

Books to Make You Feel Bold!

To mark International Women’s Day 2017 we’ve been celebrating the commitment and courage of the bloggers and organisations in Girls’ Globe’s network. We asked each of them to share their secrets of feeling BOLD. Here are the top 20 books that Girls’ Globe reads to feel inspired, emboldened and ready to take action! We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie What does “feminism” mean today? That’s the question at the heart of this personal, eloquently-argued essay. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, Nujood Ali Nujood Ali’s father arranged for her to be married to a man three times her age. This book reminds us that hope is a verb. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte This innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers through one woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life. Daring Greatly, Brené Brown A powerful new vision that encourages us to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby The most inclusive anthology ever attempted of oral and written literature–in every conceivable genre–by women of …

#BeBoldForChange: Stories of Courage from the Girls’ Globe Network

Our bloggers and organizations work every day to create a better, more equal world. On International Women’s Day 2017 we are celebrating their commitment to standing up and speaking out by asking them to share what motivates and emboldens them – we hope their answers inspire you to be bold for change too! For an extra dose of inspiration, let Girls’ Globe’s #BeBoldForChange playlist be the soundtrack to your day!   Tell us about a time in your life when you’ve been particularly bold? Amanda: “I feel bold every time I stand up for my self and others, especially women. It makes me feel important and I feel like I am doing something meaningful.” Farah: “The times in my life when I have managed to be brave haven’t been terribly exciting or dramatic one-off events. Many times, being bold has been, for me, learning to take it on the chin; understanding that life will throw you a multitude of blows, some of them truly devastating, and the hardest and bravest thing to do is just get up in the morning anyway, brush your hair, get …

Girls’ Globe Feels Bold All Over the World on International Women’s Day 2017!

Girls’ Globe’s incredible community of contributors is made up of bloggers and organizations around the world who raise their voices for change every day. We are in awe of their courage and determination and so, on International Women’s Day 2017, we want to showcase just how bold our network is. We asked them to share what motivates, inspires and emboldens them in the hope that they can inspire YOU to be bold for change too! Tell us about a place you go, or a place you’ve been, that makes you feel bold?  Ayla: I feel strong and bold when I am at the top of a mountain. Nelly: My village is a place that will always make me feel bold since I overcame so much criticism because of how I am outspoken about women rights, access to family planning for women and girls, and girl child education. I am also the only young woman from this village who decided to choose education over marriage. Miia: New York, because of the constant energy and all the bold people surrounding me in the streets. My favorite place to …

Meet Wynter Oshiberu – Girls’ Globe Blogger from USA

Wynter Oshiberu has had a deep curiosity for languages and cultures from a very young age, and as she grew older her curiosity has blossomed into an appreciation for the mutual interests that individuals from various backgrounds share. Her recommendations for global leaders is to make quality education available for everyone and to put women and girls at the forefront of their decisions. These interests developed into her passions, thus she has earned a degree in International Affairs from George Washington University; and, she has worked with researchers, academics and thought leaders on various topics pertaining to the well-being and advancement of marginalized communities. She is most passionate about promoting and ensuring quality education for women and girls, especially in lower socio-economic settings and post conflict regions. As an avid language and education enthusiast, she has continued to augment her language skills by studying Arabic, teaching ESOL and completing her TESOL certificate at Georgetown University. She believes that educational and technological advancements will contribute to innovative solutions for a broad range of societal and global issues. …

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 …

Telling Stories: The Power of Data in Narrating the Lives of Girls

Today, October 11th, marks the sixth International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated around the world to bring attention to the rights and well-being of girls. Every year, a global theme is set for the Day by UNICEF – and this year, that theme is “Girls’ Progress = Goals Progress: What Counts for Girls”. The theme continues a recent global focus and emphasis on the importance of better gender data, especially with tracking the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals. Earlier this year at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen, Melinda Gates pledged $80 million over the next three years from the Gates Foundation towards closing the gender data gap and accelerating progress for girls and women around the world. A new multi-partner coalition was formed, with organizations like Plan International, Women Deliver, International Women’s Health Coalition, KPMG and ONE Campaign to particularly track and drive progress on the gender targets of the SDGs. The newly released latest report on Plan International’s Because I am a Girl series, titled “Counting the Invisible”, explains how improving the …

Meet Felogene Anumo – Girls’ Globe Blogger from Kenya

Born and raised in Kenya, Felogene Anumo is a Pan Africanist and young feminist activist who is passionate about gender, racial and social justice with over eight years of experience in advancing gender equality through grassroots and online activism, research and capacity building of young feminists and women activists. Felogene’s roots in the feminist movement were planted at the University of Nairobi where she served as the Women Students Chairperson across the 7 campuses. During her tenure, she launched the first Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Week and a pioneer magazine on young women’s and girls’ issues dubbed AlphaDiva. In 2011, she was awarded Young Woman Achiever by the students’ association. With a passion for sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth leadership and combating violence against women and girls, Felogene advocates nationally, regionally and globally for recognition of women’s and girls’ human rights. Most importantly, Felogene believes that key contributions, lived experiences, perspectives, politics, needs and voices of young women and girls need to be heard and reflected in policies, programs and debates affecting them. …

Girls’ Globe Bloggers at the Global Citizen Festival 2016

Girls’ Globe was present at the Global Citizen Festival, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, to provide coverage of the festival and to share stories of the JNJ Young Leaders. During the festival Girls’ Globe’s team of young women bloggers interviewed festival participants, talked with the Young Leaders and reported live from the heart of the action. But here’s the question: Can a festival really create sustainable change or make a difference? Here are some of our bloggers’ thoughts: I think the most profound moments during the Global Citizens Festival were when I had moments to contemplate the sheer magnitude of the experience. The idea that more than 60,000 people were gathered from all over the world with varying socioeconomic and religious backgrounds to celebrate change in spite of the current geopolitical climate. Priyanka Chopra said it best, “The Global Citizen Festival is the only gathering that empowers people to make the change that they want to see.” I’ve always been taught to celebrate in the good times and in the bad; on September 24 the Global Citizens came together to …

Meet Tilde Holm – Girls’ Globe Blogger from Sweden

Girls’ Globe is in New York City this week during the United Nations General Assembly – bringing young women from three different continents together to participate, provide live coverage and provide their perspectives on conversations related to the Sustainable Development Goals and the rights and health of women and girls. As a student of social sciences and international relations, Tilde Holm’s passion lies within improving our world and recognizing structures within it that limit equality. Her experience in writing includes an internship as a “Junior Journalist” at the local magazine “Helsingborgs Dagblad”, and one year of blogging for Girls’ Globe. Through Girls’ Globe Tilde has also attended Women Deliver 2016, where she gained experience in live coverage, official representation and efficient writing. Since 2014, Tilde has been organizing events and meetings within the local UN Youth Community, with a main focus on women’s and girls’ rights. Tilde’s current voluntary work for the Admissions and Communications Team of Nordic Study Abroad Conference allows her to gain further experience in English, marketing and organization of large-scale events. Cover photo: …