All posts tagged: leadership

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Our Voices Matter – More Than Ever

As I woke up this morning to a layer of the first snow on the rooftops across my bedroom window, with my daughter cuddling close to see the white watery powder in delight, I had forgotten that the election across the Atlantic had come to an end. We walked into the kitchen and my husband greets our daughter with a smile and then looks at me with shock in his face – and tells me that Trump is probably going to be the next President of the United States. As the final news unfolded during the morning hours here in Sweden, the layer of snow slowly started to melt, and I was hit by shock that felt like a punch in my abdomen. A womanizing, racist, fear-feeding man, who has acted on his self-interests has been elected President of the United States, after a campaign smeared in scare tactics and hate speech. This feels like a heavy bomb hitting one of the world’s largest countries, following a range of ever-louder assassinations on our human race – …

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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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A Seat at the Table with Indego Africa

We have all heard the battle cry for education from the first lady, Michelle Obama and the call for inclusion from GIWPS Executive Director Melenne Verveer. Both women have been in the spotlight for their views and work with women and girls, specifically individuals living in impoverished areas or post conflict zones. Both women are sending the same message: Women and girls need to be seen as active drivers of progress and development, and we need to be better at including them in these processes. We know the facts and we have the data, and it proves that women don’t just deserve to be part of the magical operation called decision making but it also makes monetary sense as well as humanitarian sense. We are here, we are humans and we are capable of playing an active role in our legislative, judicial, parliamentary and governmental bodies so give us a seat at the freaking table. Since we have all these facts and data that prove the importance of educating girls and including women in the …

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Women Make Up Less Than 10 Percent Of Speakers At Argentina’s Investment Forum

Post written by Emily Hersh Men. Lots and lots of men with barely a woman in sight. No, we’re not talking about Friday night at any of the clubs on the Costanera, but rather the hallways during the first two days of the Argentina Business & Investment Forum. President Mauricio Macri’s government used the event to try to sell Argentina to the world, and it seems the message to investors was loud and clear: those who make the rules in the country are men. The Bubble crunched the numbers and turns out that a mere 23 women were on stage during one of the multitude of sessions that were held over Tuesday and Wednesday at the Centro Cultural Kirchner. The number of men? 191. That means women made up less than 11 percent of people given a strong voice at the forum. These numbers are inflated by the unusually high representation of women as moderators. There’s nothing wrong with being a moderator, of course, but the very nature of the job means it is someone asking questions rather than having answers. …

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Nurturing Spirits Indestructible: Women for Afghan Women’s Girls Leadership Program

Just five years ago, Sara would never have imagined she would pursue a graduate degree or even complete her high school education. She came to the United States with her family as refugees, fleeing from the seemingly endless conflict in Afghanistan. She is one of the first participants in Women for Afghan Women’s Girls Leadership Program in New York. Through the program, she was able to advocate for herself and pursue a college education—the first in her family. Currently, she is pursuing a graduate degree in social work, illustrating a tremendous cultural shift that may have been impossible a few years ago. At an event earlier this year, Sara spoke about her experience and moved us all: “Five years ago I thought I would be forced to leave school and get married. Women for Afghan Women inspired and taught me to become a leader. The life I have today is because of this organization.”   This year, Women for Afghan Women turns 15 years old. Founded by a small group of women activists six months …

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Girl Up Teen Advisors on the World in 2030

When we think about young people in relation to the Agenda 2030, what often comes to mind is that they will be beneficiaries of the development goals. However, young people are proving time and time again that they are not just recipients of change but are driving change in their own right. They are active decision makers in the development process and are making huge contributions to co-create the world they want and need. Girls’ Globe bloggers had the opportunity to meet with and speak to Girl Up Teen Advisors from who are committed to girls’ and women’s empowerment and working to support the empowerment of girls BY girls. Some of the questions we explored with them include: How old they would be in 2030? How they hope the world would change by then? What do they think girls really need? Which of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) do they feel mostly strongly about? What will they be doing to advance the particular goal they feel strongly about? We hope they will not only inspire you but give you hope in the …

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Involving Young People in the Global Goals

We are now half a year into the work of reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, and still a lot of questions need to be answered as to how to approach these goals remain. I find myself, as a teenager, feeling slightly distant to these ambitious and comprehensive goals. While they are highly relevant for my generation, there is still little information on how a young adult can get involved. Although health care and sanitation issues might be more difficult for students to affect change, there is one goal that young people clearly can play a huge part in achieving- gender equality. The mission of achieving gender equality is still mainly concentrated around world leaders, CEOs and global organizations. This confuses me, being that young people could and should be the very engine of this matter. Empowering women and reducing the inequalities between the genders is repeatedly mentioned as the single most important condition to being able to achieve all of the goals, which means that young people can actually make a huge difference for these …

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Ensuring Girls are Empowered to Avoid Post-Colonial Pitfalls

Our recent work with strengthening resilience in rural Kenya has brought to light an important issue on women’s empowerment: the lasting impact of colonial rule that continues to hinder women’s full leadership capacity and capabilities. This has forced us to take a step back and reexamine our approach to development in the community. Despite the strong female leadership in the community, there is a strong need to please. Women of all ages, still struggle to challenge perceived figures of authority even when what is proposed may go against cultural norms or what they think is best for the community. They are driven by the constant need to say yes, and agree while inwardly saying no. Instead of standing up and speaking up, the tendency is for them to shut down. As an organization seeking to make a long lasting impact in the community, we have found this to be quite a challenge. What is now considered a thing of the past, the effects of colonialism continue to be manifested in the lives of many women in rural …

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Girls’ Camp: Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow

By Stephanie Vizi Seventy-five grade seven girls from across Lesotho gathered at Help Lesotho’s Hlotse Centre for a week-long leadership camp last June. The girls took part in life skills trainings, which focused on preventing teenage pregnancy, rape and HIV/AIDS. Help Lesotho staff facilitated sessions on the most critical issues facing young girls in Lesotho, such as rape, the lure of sugar daddies (rich older men who lavish gifts on a young woman in return for her company or sexual favours) and gender inequality. After days of trainings, the girls demonstrated their new knowledge through self-written skits, poetry and songs. They showed the consequences of inappropriate sexual relationships (STIs, HIV and early pregnancy) while exuding confidence and a newfound sense of purpose to spread the lessons of gender equality to girls back home in their villages. A daily question and answer period provided a chance for the girls to ask pressing questions anonymously to seasoned Help Lesotho experts. Spreading the Message A 24-year-old HIV-positive mother was invited to share about her experience with gender-based violence, …