#FreedomForGirls is Girl-Led Change

by Stars Foundation Vetted since 2014
Apr 19, 2018

April Report for #FreedomForGirls

The girl panellists prepare for the day ahead.
The girl panellists prepare for the day ahead.

Thank you so much for your donation to the With and For Girls Collective via Stars Foundation!

Your kind contribution means we ensure girls’ voices matter and that we amplify the fact that girls are best placed to lead and inform on issues that affect them.The With and For Girls Collective is a group of organisations that champion the collective action of girls as agents of change. We believe that when girls organise, they and their organisations can play a leading role in transforming societies and building gender equality.

We identify strong local girl-led and girl-centred organisations in any country around the world.  We believe that the participation and leadership of girls is vital to our award selection process so adolescent girls make the final decisions on selecting 20 organisations each year as With and For Girls Award winners.

We recently heard from Sajju from Nepal who was a With and For Girls Award panellist in 2017. She wrote about her experience as a panellist:

"When I first applied to be a With and For Girls Award panellist, I never imagined the journey it would take me on. I thought I would just be interviewing a couple of girl-led organisations, however, I soon discovered that I  would be much more actively involved in the process and carry far more responsibility. As panellists, we had to know each organisations’ relative country policies, the type of work each organisation conducts and most importantly, the impact of their work on the lives of women and girls.

The toughest job, for me, was deciding which four organisations would be the final winners. It seemed all of the organisations were carrying out impactful and important work in their own fields. After a long day and plenty of discussion, the other panellists and I finally came to a decision. I then received the news that I would be given the opportunity to represent the Asia-Pacific panel in London. I was so happy and excited! Being a representative for my region was a great honour for me.

In London, I was able to meet panellists from other regions and the winning organisations. I was thrilled by the schedule organised for us. From public speaking sessions to exploring the city to a speed-dating session with funders. During this time, organisations were given the opportunity to directly speak to funders about the difficulties they face and where they need more support. This face to face interaction really helped organisations and funders build stronger relationships.

During capacity building sessions, we learnt about each winning organisation and the individual obstacles they faced in their home countries. The prevailing issue in common being a lack of government and public support as well as funding. Working in a patriarchal society as a girl-led organisation is itself a challenge. Governments are often not supportive which hinders the work of organisations. Without funding, there is no way to carry out important tasks.

As a young woman, it was really inspiring for me see all the amazing work women and girls are doing despite the challenges they are facing. It makes me feel that we are not alone and if we work together we will be able to build a better world in the future.

The whole journey from Nepal to London was a wonderful learning experience. I personally enhanced my critical thinking, public speaking and communication skills. I am immensely grateful to With and For Girls and Stars Foundation for this wonderful opportunity."

Winners of the With and For Girls Awards receive flexible funding of up to US$50,000 and capacity building support. They will also join an existing network of inspiring past award winners, funders, organisations and individuals from the girls’ and women’s rights sector. All 20 award-winning organisations were celebrated at an awards ceremony in London on 14 November 2017.

Please go to http://bit.ly/2zI1k4X for more on the 20 inspirational 2017 With and For Girls Award winners, including four in the Asia Pacific region which Sajju's panel selected to win.

Many thanks again for your support, The With and For Girls Collective

Sajju smiling as she takes part in the panel.
Sajju smiling as she takes part in the panel.
Icebreakers help the panellists bond.
Icebreakers help the panellists bond.
Things get serious interviewing an organisation.
Things get serious interviewing an organisation.
Lively discussion is a fun part of the process.
Lively discussion is a fun part of the process.
The girls receive a certificate of participation.
The girls receive a certificate of participation.
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