Celebrating Friends Near & Far

By Czarina Nafarrate, Content & Program Coordinator

International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN, based on the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures, and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. The holiday emphasizes a culture of peace and non-violence and honors the importance of friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings.

We agree! Friends help empower and encourage you, share your interests, and remind you that you’re not alone.

A photo from Juliet, a Girls’ Voices scholar from iEARN Kenya. Her photography project focused on how important it is to feel supported.

An important part of our curriculum is connecting girls around the world through video and photography. The Girls’ Voices team encourages participants to build these important connections throughout the program to create life-long friendships.

Locally, our workshops are small enough groups to encourage participants to share their stories and be vulnerable with each other. The friendships that form from this often turn into partnerships, with girls helping each other with their final projects and videos.

Girls’ Voices scholars from PMM Girls School in Uganda watching their peers’ videos

Globally, participants are able to connect with girls around the world by watching each others’ videos and learning more about the struggles that unite them. Through the curriculum, girls gain the confidence they need to follow their dreams, inspired by the hundreds of other girls doing the same.

These girls inspire, empower, and encourage each other to succeed as good friends do.

To those reading this, we consider you our friends. Our global community of Girls’ Voices supporters, like you, keeps us going. Help us continue connecting girls around the world to create a more empowered future for girls and a more equal future for all.

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