“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 […]
Year of the Girl
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 Grassroots Ambassador of Kenya
“We have a powerful constitution which is for all and the truth is each one of us just has one vote and we all have that right. If you feel you want to go for leadership, just go for it.” -Jane Anyango The challenges of living in a slum community haven’t stopped Jane Anyango from […]
How Sanitary Napkins Are Helping Girls Stay in Schools
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 […]
Let’s talk about sexual health!
In Perú, 61.3% of women aged 20-24 reported giving birth between the ages of 15 and 18. This figure is worrying not just because early pregnancy is associated with limited life opportunities for adolescent girls, but because complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the second leading cause of death for girls between 15-19 years old […]
A Gym For Girls, Please
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.
A Story of Change
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 […]
Reaching Youth Through Wall Magazines
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.
The Hero Academy Challenges Gender-Based Violence
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.
Harnessing Impact For Social Change
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.