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.
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. Visit Her Turn. Join Her Turn on Facebook.
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
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, …
47,000 women die each year due to unsafe abortions. The Guttmacher Institute recently released this new video about abortion, using the facts found in their many years of research. Abortion is a very sensitive subject, and in many countries it is illegal. Still, 40 million abortions will be taking place this year alone, most of which will be unsafe and have a horrific impact on the women’s lives. But isn’t the silence around this subject DEADLY? We want to encourage dialogue, discussion and an openness around the subject of abortion. What do you say? Let your voice be heard in the comments field below. The featured image for this post is Pro-Abortionist Bill Baird, demonstrating outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York in 1984. (AP/David Pickoff)
Call Me Hope. An inspiring video from mamahope.org and their Stop the Pity. Unlock the Potential Campaign. “At Mama Hope, we believe that the essential first step in changing the world is telling the story of connection instead of contrast and potential instead of poverty. People everywhere have talent and capacity, and people everywhere share a desire to be able to use those gifts to improve their lives and the lives of the people they care about.” – Check them out!