“We had neighbors who opposed me riding a bike… Ma told them how my bike and I saved my brother’s life.” You may recall the heartwarming Saudi film Wadjda that met audience affection and inspired girls everywhere when it was released in 2014. Groundbreaking filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour told the story of a bold young Saudi girl who schemes […]
Every year, Women and Girls Lead Global sets out in search of more great films featuring the inspiring stories of women and girls around the world fighting for change – fighting for equality. Those films make their way into rural classrooms, intimate living rooms, bustling town squares, and vibrant community centers through the work of […]
At nearly 48 %, the dropout rate for girls in secondary schools in Bangladesh is alarmingly high. While more commonly-known issues like poverty and traveling long distances to school are major barriers, lack of sanitation plays a surprisingly devastating role in driving adolescents girls to drop out of school. If you’re wondering how lack of […]
Bangladesh has the fourth highest rate of child marriage in the world and 65 percent of the girls here get married before they turn 18. In the face of these staggering facts, storytelling might seem like too fragile a response. But at Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG), time and again we have seen real […]
Women and Girls Lead Bangladesh has been working to prevent girls’ dropout and child marriage for over three years. Our community facilitators play a very important role in this process, many of them coming from the same communities and situations as the girls at risk of child marriage. We worked to discover an effective way to collect impact data and share it back with communities, and are now excited to pilot the breakthrough reporting platform that has emerged from those initial ideas.
Documentary filmmakers, Bollywood celebrities, strategists, funders, broadcasters and thought leaders from around the world gathered in Mumbai from February 16 – 19 to celebrate the power of stories and storytelling.
As the world gears up to renew its commitment to gender equity by celebrating International Women’s Day, WGLG continues its efforts to change the stories we are told about women.
A village in Gujarat, India has banned girls below the age of 18 from using mobile phones. According to the village head, mobile phones are a “nuisance to society” that distract girls from their studies and other chores. Women and Girls Lead Global wants to change that.
On January 14, 2016 the Ford Foundation, ITVS, USAID and Women and Girls Lead Global invited a diverse group of filmmakers, NGO leaders and educators to experience the impact of media and social change for women and girls around the world at a very special event at the Ford Foundation headquarters in New York.
With the new year upon us, Women and Girls Lead Global is excited to continue our work around the world and inspire social change through the art of storytelling. See what we’ve been up to in 2015 and where we are headed in 2016.