India

Bending Back on 5 Years of Change

Bending Back on 5 Years of Change

As WGLG enters it’s last quarter, we wanted to create the space and time for facilitators to process their years of hard work and share their stories with us.  Facilitators are an integral part of each country’s campaign, as they serve as the bridge to the communities we serve. Facilitators deliver direct services to the […]

Faces of Change: Irshad

Faces of Change: Irshad

Name: Irshad Age: 24 Hometown: Gonda, India (lives next to to one of Asia’s largest dump yard, Govandi) Occupation: Carpenter in Mumbai How did Hero Academy impact you? Irshad’s team of workers used to stare through windows at work of women in their homes and say hurtful comments about them or just lust after them. […]

Girl Connected Sparks Global Conversation on Gender Biases

Girl Connected Sparks Global Conversation on Gender Biases

The Get #GirlConnected screening and panel discussion on gender biases was truly a global conversation. Audience members hailed from every corner of the globe: Haiti, India, Kenya, Israel, Guatemala, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, and major cities around the US. Classrooms in Colorado and Virginia, domestic non-profit organizations working with at-risk youth and victims of sexual exploitation, […]

Faces of Change: Tamaar

Faces of Change: Tamaar

Name: Tamaar Age: 28 Hometown: Mumbai, India Occupation: Construction worker (Expertise in plaster) How did the Hero Academy change you? “When I first went to the academy, I thought I will just make some jokes, make fun. But when I started watching films my mind opened… I used to fear and hesitate to talk to […]

Introducing the Faces of Change Campaign

Women and Girls Lead Global is excited to announce our new blog series, Faces of Change. The Faces of Change campaign is a window into the lives of the community members we have worked with on the ground, who work to promote gender equality. During our five years reducing gender-based violence in India and Jordan; improving […]

Not all heroes wear capes

Not all heroes wear capes

India has the largest number of child brides in the world. Although child marriage has been illegal in the country for decades, the tradition runs rampant. UNICEF defines child marriage as marriage before the age of 18 and “a fundamental violation of human rights.” According to the 2016 UNICEF report, over 3 million girls in India […]

Girl Connected Resources — Keep the conversation going

Girl Connected Resources — Keep the conversation going

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 […]

Could the next generation turn the tide in Haryana?

Could the next generation turn the tide in Haryana?

For decades, the state of Haryana was infamous for high reports of honor killings, rape, domestic violence, dowry deaths, and sex-selective abortions. The result was the lowest female: male sex ratio in all of India; about 880 females to every 1,000 males. Women and girls did not have the same value as men and boys. […]

The Making of #GirlConnected: Koen in India

The Making of #GirlConnected: Koen in India

In this blog series, Koen shares some of his experiences from the making of Girl Connected. In his visit to India, Koen meets Ayesha, an international Karate champion and advocate for women’s safety. Koen remarks, “Girls as young as six years old come to her weekly class…When she enters the park for her training sessions, everything changes… Her speech becomes louder and clearer, and her body is strong and determined… This is where Ayesha is at her best, fulfilling her dream to become a teacher to other girls.”

Celebrating Heroes for Gender Equality

Celebrating Heroes for Gender Equality

WGLG India’s Hero Academy initiative has been  engaging boys and men to become heroes for women’s rights through an intensive nine-week course that uses a film-based curriculum to cultivate empathy and respect for women and girls. On March 17, WGLG India partnered with USAID India to celebrate real life “Heroes for Gender Equality”. “Men and […]