Girls’ access to and safe use of digital technology can mean the difference between continuing their education and dropping out of school, accessing domestic violence services and continuing to live with abuse, maintaining peer support and emotional isolation or being informed about disease prevention and unintentional spread of infection.
Occupied Palestinian territories have been under COVID-19 lockdown since the beginning of March, but it is not a new experience for Palestinians and girl-led organisations in the region, who work in state of emergency as a matter of course. We spoke with two With and For Girls Award winners in Palestine about their unique experiences of life in lockdown, both before and during the pandemic.
Girls who have access to accurate sex education and safe sexual health services attain higher levels of education, have greater access to economic resources and live longer lives than girls who do not. A girl’s capacity to choose if and when to have children and to prevent or treat sexually transmitted infections is one of the greatest contributors to her ability to decide on her own future.
For Part Four of the COVID-19 and Girls’ Rights Series Plan International, one of the eleven With and For Girls Collective strategic partners, and UNESCO warn of the potential for increased drop-out rates which will disproportionately affect adolescent girls, further entrench gender gaps in education and lead to increased risk of sexual exploitation, early pregnancy and early and forced marriage.
For Part Three of the COVID-19 and Girls’ Rights Series Josephine Kamara, Founder of Women of Wonders Sierra Leone and Advocacy and Communications Coordinator at Purposeful, shares key lessons learnt from the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone about the impact of such a large-scale crisis on girls.
Part Two of the COVID-19 and Girls’ Rights Series focuses on the increased risk and impact of domestic violence under COVID-19. We spoke with two With and For Girls Award-winning organisations about their unique challenges, concerns, responses and needs as frontline domestic violence responders in the climate of Coronavirus.
In this series With and For Girls shares learning, resources, knowledge and calls to action regarding the impact of COVID-19 on girls globally. It draws from Collective partners, girl leaders at the grassroots level and the leadership team at Purposeful, within which With and For Girls is a programme.
Through a series of conversations and convergences with a group of extraordinary girl activists from across the world we have documented what it looks like to organise, collectivise, produce knowledge, learn and lead in communities that are intersectional and intergenerational. These conversations have crystallised into an intergenerational manifestx.
Today is International Women’s Day, marked across the world by protests like the Aurat March in Pakistan, to celebration like the Women of the World festival in London, to advance the cause of women’s empowerment and gender equality. For some, it is also time to reflect on the women’s rights movement, in terms of how far it has come but also how far it has to go.
In the twenty-first episode - to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay - Rachel Stephenson Sheff interviews three panellists from the With and For Girls Collective, the world’s only participatory fund by, and for, adolescent girls.
We’ll hear from Eunice Mwende and Dajana 'Dexi' Stosic, two young activists working to empower young girls and women in Kenya and Serbia, two winners from 'With and For Girls,' who recognise girl-led and girl-centred groups and organisations around the world through an annual awards process.
Swatee Deepak will be stepping down as Director after five extraordinary years at the helm of the With and for Girls Collective, Purity Kagwiria will be the next Director.
Purposeful is seeking an individual with a background in events management and PR, with great organisational skills to join the With and For Girls Programme to support the Communications and Influencing team during the busiest time of the year.
At the heart of the With and For Girls approach is the belief that transnational solidarity, shared resilience and genuine trust can propel these movements to whichever objectives they set for themselves. This belief was the starting point for a reflection that we led as a Collective on which elements of our approach we were actively supporting and which others we could do more to bolster.
Today marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia or, the shortened catchier version that you’ll see trending on Twitter which has absolutely nothing to do with The Lord Of The Rings – IDAHOBIT.
Global Fund for Women has joined the With and For Girls Collective as the 11th member in a collaborative effort to advance gender equality globally using an unprecedented participatory grant making approach with adolescent girls.
With around $1 million in resources raised to build girl‑driven organisations, the With and For Girls Collective asked panels of teenaged girls to decide which organisations to support under its global awards programme. To do so, the collective held application-assessment meetings in five regions, and provided the panellists with a day of training.
Shakti Samuha received an award from With and For Girls in 2016. With and For Girls is a Collective of charitable organisations which share the belief that all girls should have agency, platform, space and support to enjoy equality, justice, opportunity and inclusion at home in their communities and in society.
An organisation that promotes leadership in Pakistan, a network that helps girls and young women working in the sex industry in Hong Kong and a project that supports Palestinian refugees in the West Bank are among 20 groups from 19 countries awarded grants of up to $50,000 (£32,900) each on Monday.
Globally, one person in eight is a girl or young woman aged 10 to 24 years – that is 900 million people. Yet, less than 2 cents of every $1 spent on international aid is directed towards adolescent girls, according to the World Bank.
Spurred by the #MeToo movement and the Women’s March, gender equality is undoubtedly topical today - women and girls are angry. However, much of the narrative we see online and in mainstream media seems to exist only around women rising up in the Global North.