Sharing Traditions: Style & Culture Finalists 2019
Girls’ Voices for Change is the largest global media contest for young women all over the world and asks them to share their vision of female empowerment through their own lens.
Every participant receives scholarship funding to help them overcome the barriers that keep them from the education they deserve and have the opportunity to submit their project into of our competition’s four categories.
One of those categories is Style & Culture, which invites participants to show the world how their local art, style, crafts, and fashion bring their culture to life. The winner of this category’s Audience Choice Award will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship to further her education or create a community arts project.
This year, 8 Style & Culture finalists compete for your vote.
Aisha, 16, lives in Kenya. In her video, Aisha explains how the Nubian community conducts its wedding ceremonies. Nubians are one of the first communities to settle in Kibera, which is the largest slum in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“I think girls need motivation and support through their lives and sometimes have someone to look up to; who would positively impact their lives.”
Jennifer, 17, is from Honduras. In her video, she showcases her country’s beautiful dresses and dances. Jennifer’s goal is to focus on the younger community in her country.
“We need education, self-esteem, good environments.”
Emily is an 18-year-old from Kenya who has discovered sustainability through her culture. In her video, she talks about how she’s using her culture to help other girls in the Pokot community.
“A girl needs education and skills for livelihood.”
Berlanda’s 15 years old and lives in Haiti. Her video focuses on her relationship with her mom and how they bond by doing hair together. She loves when her mom does different hairstyles for different times of the year for her.
“[A girl’s success is] through education and family support.”
Cousins Karoli and Christy, 17, from Peru joined forces to share the importance of preserving their Shipibo culture in the face of their community’s displacement.
“There are so many places in the world full of machismo, where women are treated as if they were less than men. Girls need people to support them and make them feel secure in their choices. To know that what they want and decide for themselves is good and that no man can make decisions for them.”
Monju, 19, is from India. Her video focuses on Indian fashion and her own business. Every year during festival season, Monju creates outfits to match her client’s tastes.
“Girls need to be vocal to be empowered.”
Rhauany is a 13-year-old in Brazil. Her video focuses on what she believes makes her community special. She showcases their traditions, crafts, dance, and amazing cuisine.
“Empowered girls are a positive impact for generations.”
Kevine, Karelle, and Sandra, 14, are from western Cameroon, and in Kevine’s video, they are happy to share ‘Bamileke’ ethnic group’s traditional fashion and dance with you.
“Girls need to be empowered because they face multiple issues based on gender. For example violence, poor support, social and professional limitations. Empowered girls can improve their communities, their families and their lives.”
Published on, September 26, 2019