Author: Girls' Globe

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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. …

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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

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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: …

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Meet Zanele Mabaso – Girls’ Globe Blogger from South Africa

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. Zanele Mabaso is an ardent policy adviser, advocate for women & girls and a social justice writer with published articles on Girls Globe, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, SkyNews24 and other online global advocacy platforms with a focus on HIV Prevention, Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender Equality and Gender-based Violence. She is a Youth Advisor to UNFPA and The Partnership on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health – to name a few. She’s a youth leader notably recognised by M&G Top 200 Young People, Top 100 Brightest Young Minds and Top 35 Under 35 CEO’s Foundation. Follow Zanele on Twitter @zanelemabaso23 Girls’ Globe is partnering with Johnson & Johnson and FHI360 to activate dialogue on women, children and adolescents in the new Global Goals. FInd more …

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White Ribbon Alliance: Passionate Citizens Changing Communities

Girls’ Globe bloggers have had the opportunity to meet with and speak to Midwives and Citizen Journalists from Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe, who are working with White Ribbon Alliance to strengthen the rights and health of women and children, and to change communities so that they thrive. Caroline Maposhere, Zimbabwe Caroline Maposhere is a Registered Nurse, nurse midwife and a public health nurse with Bachelor of Theology and Master of Science in Counseling studies. She has extensive experience working in reproductive health including counseling young people, parents and religious leaders on sexual diversity and training health care providers on how to be sensitive to the needs of LGBTI people. Caroline has vast training experience including being US Peace Corps Pre service Technical Trainer in more than 10 countries. She is well-known as “Aunty” on radio, TV and church programs for sexual and reproductive health in Zimbabwe and is a member of the Board of Trustees for White Ribbon Alliance Zimbabwe. Elman Nsinda, Uganda A journalist and advocate for women’s and children’s health and rights, Elman Nsinda has been involved in safe motherhood advocacy campaigns across the Uganda …

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Close Up: Gender Equality in My Community

This week Girls’ Globe is in New York City during the United Nations General Assembly to report on the Sustainable Development Goals and the rights and health of women and girls. We are here to amplify the voices of young women and raise our own voices on issues that are important to us. Today, outside of the Social Good Summit, we spoke with young women about the most pressing issues related to gender equality in their communities. “The biggest challenge in terms of gender equality is getting everyone to understand how important it is and how it impacts everyone. A lot of times we feel that these issues are for women only or girls only, so it becomes very unrelatable to men and boys. The biggest challenge is getting everyone, especially men and boys – fathers, uncles, brothers – to understand that it is actually in the interest of everyone, including themselves, to support gender equality.” – Christine Lu “To me, the most pressing issue in reaching gender equality today is the inability for many people …