Thank you for an empowering #GirlConnected screening and panel! We are inspired by our thoughtful conversation on how gender stereotypes constrain girls’ and women’s potential, and how we as a global community can support girls to transcend them.
If you didn’t get the chance to watch the Girl Connected film it is available for free online, along with the Girl Connected Engagement Toolkit.
Thank you to our wonderful moderator, Belinda Goldsmith, and five amazing panelists: Aarti, Alejandra, Chelsea, Michelle & Yaara. Each inspiring young woman serves as an advocate for an impactful organization, and we are so grateful for their partnership. Read their work and join the cause:
- Belinda Goldsmith: Thomson Reuters Foundation
- Michelle Buyaki: Girl Connected & Akili Dada
- Alejandra Teleguario: Rise Up Together
- Aarti Naik: Ashoka Youth Venture
- Chelsea Miller: HERLead with Vital Voices
- Yaara Tal: Creativity for Peace
The non-profit organizations that Yaara and Michelle are involved with, Creativity for Peace & Akili Dada, are both featured in Wonder Girls: Changing Our World, a new book out from PowerHouse Books & written by Paola Gianturco. Wonder Girls profiles girls age 10-18 who are leading change around the world. Check out the book here!
Let’s keep the global conversation going! Talk with boys and men in your life- your brother, best friend, dad, uncle, grandfather, cousin, neighbor, etc.- about how they may be inadvertently perpetuating stereotypes and encourage them to become champions of gender equality.
Check out these powerful stories to engage in conversation:
- ‘Her & Him with Lina’ YouTube Series in Jordan
- Boys Turn the Tide in India
- Film Facilitator Inspires Husband to Create All-Male Film Group in Jordan
- Ms. Politician Encourages Men to Vote for Women in Kenya
Get inspired from these incredible young women around the globe who are transcending gender stereotypes and serving as role models for people everywhere:
- After six Afghan girls were denied visas to the US twice to compete in the first international robotics competition for high schoolers, they beat the US and UK teams and won the “courageous achievement” award; proving that an all-girl robotics is just that — courageous. Afghan Girls Robotics Team
- “When women enter politics, they make a difference. So why are so few in the highest ranks of power?”– Check out this interesting article from our moderator, Belinda Goldsmith.
Take a look at these thought-provoking videos about overcoming gender biases:
- “Stereo” by Ella Fields is “a film about reversed gender stereotypes”.
- “My Heroes” by Alexander Day & Brian Carufe challenges gender stereotypes this Halloween.