Girls’ Voices unites the power of personal storytelling, a global network of grassroots organizations committed to girls’ empowerment and education, and GreaterGood.org’s micro-funding community to address disparities in girls’ education. At the heart of Girls’ Voices is the idea that as more girls share their stories online, more people will be able to connect to their challenges and triumphs, and donate to their cause. In addition to supporting more girls financially, the experience of making compelling media will directly benefit the girls’ confidence, technical skills, and sense of empowerment. Over the next two years the project aims to expand education opportunities to thousands of girls.
The Girls’ Voices curriculum – inspired by youth media and girls’ empowerment initiatives- is designed to support small crews of girls (6 – 10 girls, aged 13 – 19) who can work together for two to six weeks. Each Girls’ Voices crew uses phones and simple devices to create and share their work, and connects online to receive encouragement and support from Girls’ Voices mentors and volunteers.
Girls’ Voices partners with grassroots organizations engaged in girls’ education, and trains youth leaders online to effectively support girls to create digital media projects. Partners identify a key barrier to girls’ education – transportation, tuition, books, tutoring – and administer small scholarships to address their education related needs. To learn more about the program in action, read our blog.
Every child deserves a high-quality education. Yet unfortunately, girls today still face complex cultural, social, and economic barriers that can stand in the way of their desire to learn. Right now more than 130 million girls are not in school, and as a girl grows older, her obstacles to opportunity grow bigger.
Making sure girls and women have equal access to quality education is key to alleviating global poverty. When a girl stays in school, she has the power to transform lives, families, and communities. She is more likely to marry later, have fewer and healthier children, and earn an income that she will invest into her family and community. Adolescent girls are an especially powerful driver for community change. Every year of secondary school increases a girl’s income by 15 – 25 percent. Investing in adolescent girls can propel a family towards solvency and a girl toward greater leadership and health.
In the movement to bring change to education, girls’ voices are often not heard, and yet girls hold the key to unlocking the solutions to the barriers that they face. Girls’ Voices opens the discussion about girls’ education to girls themselves, adding depth, reality, and complexity to the growing body of statistics supporting girls’ education.