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 […]
Josi, Michelle, Ghazal, Latifa, and Ayesha live thousands of miles apart, but the five young women are connected by a single mission: improving the lives of other girls in their communities. In Women and Girls Lead Global’s new film made by Koen Suidgeest, Girl Connected, we meet young women from Peru, Kenya, Jordan, Bangladesh and […]
The Hero Academy is a nine-week course for young men that uses a film-based curriculum to cultivate empathy and respect for women and girls. One of the Hero Academy’s key activities is community mapping. Inspired by a community mapping exercise in a film called Revolutionary Optimists, the activity challenges participants to interview women and girls […]
Women and Girls Lead believes that true stories about girls struggling to overcome adversity are transformative; they connect girls to each other across the world and inspire change. The Overseas Press Club of America – the country’s oldest and largest association of journalists engaged in international news – recently honored one of these inspiring stories […]
Girl Connected captures complex and inspiring stories of girls in five countries taking on the enormous challenge of tackling issues like child marriage, gender-based violence, reproductive health rights, and the many forms of discrimination girls face all over the world – all while balancing their lives as teenage girls. The film launched globally on our […]
This 16 Days of Activism, “Girl Connected” Ayesha Noor encourages girls to take up self defense lessons and fight GBV. How will you fight for girls’ rights?
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 […]
The Hero Project uses films such as Boxing Girls of Kabul to mobilize men and boys to become active agents of change and challenge social norms and address gender-based violence. this has inspired a village of men and boys of Wagazwadi that consulted with village girls and launched a petition with the village council to release funds for construction and maintenance of a gym where girls can train exclusively.
Gender-based violence is endemic to structures of inequality; masculinity is the vehicle through which inequalities are enforced often through violence. This year, Women and Girls Lead Global – India will be starting The Hero Academy – an interactive 9-week multimedia program to sensitize adolescent boys about actions they can take every day to prevent GBV in their families, communities, and schools.
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.