This 16 Days of Activism, “Girl Connected” Latifah is confident “in the future, women will be more courageous to speak out about the humiliation and torture they have been facing from husbands, in-laws, fathers and their brothers.” In the meantime her call to action for us is to create a world where women feel safe to voice their concerns.
“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 […]
During a Women and Girls Lead Global retreat in April 2016, partners of WGLG – Bangladesh met to establish a tool that would empower and engage communities through the stories of these young girls from the Best School For Girls campaign. The partners decided to create a storyboard that would be constructed at each school to bring these powerful stories to the public.
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.
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.
In 2015, WGLG awarded 30 schools, 18 student councils, 18 teachers and 18 parents for their outstanding roles in supporting girls’ education in six different regions.