Your Voices Are Making Waves
Over the last few months, stories for our Girls Transform the World Campaign have flooded World Pulse, creating an uproar we never could have imagined! We received over 350 submissions from over 60 countries, making this our largest ever digital action campaign. The passion, creativity, resilience, and leadership in your stories simply took our breath away—and may very well influence global policy.
The Impact of Your Voices
You have experienced, witnessed, and overcome poverty, sexual abuse, child marriage, and restrictive cultural norms in order to exercise and demand girls’ rights to education. You have stood up to family members and traditional leaders. You have contributed your solutions, teaching girls at their homes or building up community schools. Perhaps most importantly, you have acted as role models, inspiring young girls to aspire to the education of their dreams.
Earlier this month, the 21 youth delegates to the G(irls)20 Summit considered your testimonies before delivering their recommendations to world leaders at the G20 summit in Moscow. Our Founder and CEO Jensine Larsen addressed delegates on a live panel during the summit to drive home your messages on the importance of girls' access to education. The reach of your voices didn’t stop there! The delegates presented a communiqué to the G20 leaders with their ideas and suggestions, where they echoed your advice and solutions. The delegates highlighted the importance of girls’ access to computer science, technology, and skills-based education programs; web connectivity; higher education; and entrepreneurship. They also called upon G20 leaders to prioritize the eradication of child marriage, a major barrier emphasized throughout the campaign.
"If you feel that you have a voice, like the girls and women in World Pulse, you will use it to transform what is around you! Now imagine the transformations done by these thousands of women! How massive and powerful that is..."—Mariana Jacinto, G(irls)20 delegate from Portugal
More Ways to Take Action
Together, your stories form a groundbreaking repository of global grassroots knowledge and experience, which is now publicly available to all. We hope that these testimonies, ideas, and solutions will not only be useful to the G(irls)20 Summit and the G20 leaders, but also for our partners around the world who are advocating for girls’ access to education. We invite anyone in our community to download the advocacy package, which contains highlights from your testimonies along with policy recommendations. We encourage you to use the document to advocate for girls in your community, country, and around the world.
We would also like to extend an invitation to our online community to continue engaging by joining the G(irls)20 Summit Connections group, where you can communicate directly with the 2013 G(irls)20 Summit Delegates. The G(irls)20 delegates who are leading this group are excited to hear from you, and ready to discuss all of the issues that were brought up in your testimonies and the G(irls)20 Summit.
We have heard from hundreds of girls, women, and male allies around the world. With your inspiring voices driving us forward, we will continue clamoring for girls’ access to education and the opportunities girls need in order to unleash their potential and transform the world!