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Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund

by Passion to Lead Society
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund
Global Sorority: Education and Community Fund

Is it possible that providing leadership education, mentorship, and personal development resources to young women could change the entire trajectory of their lives and the future of the planet?

 

We believe that is exactly what it does. Educating girls in developing countries has been at the forefront of many conversations from NGOs to international governments, all agreeing that it is a major solution to many global issues. We couldn't be happier about this coming to the attention of the world! And from what we've witnessed, it's not enough. The reality is that women are still considered second class citizens, in society and in their own self-belief systems around what they are capable or worthy of achieving. 

With your help, Global Sorority's next big project is to set up a safe space in India for girls to gain work, leadership and life skills beyond what the standard educational system can provide. to help them live to their full potential and become the leaders they were born to be. 

We often hear about the issues that women face in the workplace and day to day life. Unfair wages, fewer opportunities for promotions at work, and higher rates of abuse and violence are just some of the crushing realities of gender differences that have become part of a global conversation. What we don’t often hear about is the miraculous effects that mentorship and leadership education can have on young women, and how empowering them from a young age can lead to huge positive shifts.

In many developing countries access to coaching, self-development and leadership education are not available. From the beginning, girls are put at a huge disadvantage to interact with their male counterparts and succeed. Having the tools to boost self-esteem and help girls feel confident in their communication, their abilities and their value will not only change the way they see themselves, but it will also change the way they interact with their communities and increase their likelihood to become our future leaders alongside their brothers.

A girl that is taught her inherent value and given the tools to use her voice and power will help create a world where other women are seen as equal contributors. Helping to create a balanced and peaceful society, where children are provided education, better nutrition, marry later in life and experience less violence.

According to research, female entrepreneurship is a vital part of any economy. Women have certain characteristics that help to make them successful including their ability to network and willingness to share power. 

A great example of women taking the lead due to added support is in India. Around 69 percent of women entrepreneurs in India start up a business in sectors such as retail, finance, real estate, technology, and fashion.  When they are given the resources to succeed, women rise to the occasion every time. So the question is- how can we support more women in rising into leadership positions or foster a generation of new entrepreneurs?

Part of Global Sorority’s mission is to provide girls with the coaching, mentorship, and insights to succeed in doing whatever they set their minds to. These girls are given the opportunity to see themselves for what they truly are. Beautiful, brilliant and fit to go out and serve the world. By increasing their emotional intelligence and self-awareness they increase their ability to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of their families and communities.

We need girls living to their potential because they have characteristics that the world needs. The brave, kind-hearted and courageous fire of the young women we serve can truly change the trajectory of the world.

 

Thank you for always supporting this mission!



Celebrating!
Celebrating!

Hello, and happy International Women's Day! 

We are super excited to give you a sneak peek at our new film series that we have spent the last 6 years of our lives curating.

We have gathered the stories of young women from 8 countries around the world. India, Irland, Uganda, Italy, South Africa, Mexico, Vietnam, Lebanon, and the North West Territories of Canada. 

We share about their experiences growing up as young women in each of their cultures, their struggles, dreams, and triumphs. And how personal leadership education might positively change the course of their lives forever. 

It's taken many volunteer hours to get this incredible undertaking to this point, and we would like to thank you for your unending support of this project to educate girls, share their stories, bring leadership development to communities in need, and create a dialog around how we can continue to support the upward mobility of girls in the world.  

Please take a moment today in honor of the girl child to have a look at what you helped to create! 

http://www.globalsorority.com/short_films

Warmly

Tia 

P.S. We hope to use the full-length films in volunteer-led viewing and discussion circles, as well as in schools and other gender-related programs and curriculums. If you would be interested in running an 8 part series in your own community we would love to hear from you! Please drop us a message via our website 

Links:

Tia GS director, Zulfiya Film maker, Cashel baby
Tia GS director, Zulfiya Film maker, Cashel baby

When Global Sorority began this journey to empower young women with inside-out leadership development, self-awareness tools, and a platform to share their voices and stories, we had no idea how far the ripple would go!

In 2012 we went to India. On that trip, we interviewed a young Muslim woman named Zulfiya for our documentary film about the lives of young women around the world.

She was working at a non-profit called Point Of View. She was living alone in the city of Mumbai, thousands of miles from her family. Something young women just don't do in India! Even more modern well-educated girls are expected to stay close to home until they are married. This idea of living by yourself and discovering who you are as an individual is not widely accepted. 

Zulfiya was different in many ways. She was breaking the mould that held tightly to all her female relatives and friends. We were very curious and had lots of questions about what gave some girls the courage to spread their wings and listen to their own inner voice and how personal leadership played a roll in that. 

And of course, what we learned from her we also heard over and over from many girls who were able to forge their own path. and that was parents playing the biggest roll in the futures of this next generation of women. Their mothers in subtle supportive ways, and their fathers having a broader perspective of what was possible for them and both parents being able to stand up to criticism from extended family. 

This taught us a lot because we could see how important it was going to be when working with girls to reach out to their parents. We would have even greater results if we met with their parents and gained their full support and buy-in first. 

To my great joy last week I received a visit from Zulfiya! She was accepted into 5 renown schools here in the US but chose Standford above them all! Her goal is to work with nonprofits helping them to expand through the telling of their impact in the world! Her latest film was showing at the San Diego international film festival, and she spent the day with me here before heading back to Stanford. 

We couldn't be more proud of her! and we look forward to following her journey. It fills us up to stay connected to all the young leaders who have worked with our organization and to track what they are up to in the world.  

Thank you for your continued support of young women who are breaking the moulds, changing the stories, and impacting the world. 

Warmly 

Tia 

As I write this, I am nine months pregnant with my first child.

I think about the level of support, health, and safety that I have. Knowing that I will be able to take my baby to the doctor if he gets sick, feed him nutritiously, clothe and educate him.

I think about the fact that I waited until I was 41 to have him because my work in the world was all-consuming and important to me. And I knew that I would have to slow down from traveling to far-off and sometimes dangerous places to personally work with girls, once I was pregnant or with a small child in tow.

So I listened to my heart callings, I contributed my gifts in a way that felt fulfilling to me, I was able to make autonomous choices for my life long before I even considered having a child.

And then, of course, my mind turns to all the girls and women Global Sorority has worked with and supported over the years. And despite the common bond we all share as women, their realities are still vastly different from my own when it comes to basic human rights, choices, health, and safety.

They don't get to wait and choose when they start a family, for the most part, they have no guarantees for themselves or their children. They often don't have the opportunity to stay in school, to earn extra income or contribute to what they wish they could.

When we were working in Uganda, we met with a women's clinic volunteer, and I remember her telling us of the miles and miles women would have to walk in labor to reach their clinic, and often the one ambulance they had at their disposal didn't have gas in it. So emergency calls went unanswered. Women died often for reasons I'll never have to even think about when I go into labor in a few days.

We have the voice, the power, the ability, and the opportunity to help women obtain what we often take for granted. And I thank you for supporting our organization to do this!

Although I personally will be taking a break from the front-lines for a while, I will remain deeply connected to this mission to bring equality, education, self-development and community support to all the mothers to be.

If we can start at the beginning of a child's life by having supported their mother from a young age to stay in school, understand herself, find her voice, advocate for herself and grasp that she is worthy and equal, then the next generation will be in a much better place to reach their full potential.

The work we do isn't just a band-aid to an ongoing current problem. We work to empower young women from the inside out to change their now, their futures and the futures of their children.

As we move forward, creating safe spaces and a robust online platform to support our communities are our two biggest needs.

Please be a part of our team and help us to accomplish even more this year!

Thank you!

in need of a safe place to learn and grow.
in need of a safe place to learn and grow.
They
They'll do anything just to stay in school Uganda
young women protesting sexual violence in India
young women protesting sexual violence in India

Today I received a message from a young woman whom I keep in touch with regularly. She went through our South Africa program where we worked with survivors of sexual violence. Her personal story of survival is epic, and her continued strength and courage never cease to amaze me.

This account of her ride to school on the train this morning gave me a sense of even stronger urgency around Global Sorority’s mission to create a safe space for girls in the two places in the world where we work that desperately need it. South Africa and India


I will share a part of her message below, but please be warned if you choose to continue reading, it is graphic and may cause you to feel angry or even triggered if you have experienced any sexual abuse in your own life.

“I'm very angry. I'm shaking.
I hate fear
I hate fear
I hate fear!

I'm on the train standing in front of this woman who is sitting next to this man, and this man is sweating and touching her, putting his dirty fingers on this women. I wonder, is he the husband? But I can see fear in her eyes and the way she is so restless wanting to get away from him, but he keeps coming closer to her, I can't help myself but ask her " is he your husband?" She said no with her eyes holding tears, I whisper to her, I ask her then why are you quiet, why don't you say something? She says “I'm scared” God! I beg her to get up so that I can sit in her chair, I want him to dare try that with me, I want him to try and do whatever this woman is scared of to me. She gets up shaking then he moves up the length of the train.

I'm so angry at this women too. Why did she keep quiet? What am I asking? She kept quiet for the same reasons I kept quiet when an old man put his hands in my underwear on the bus. She kept quiet for the same reason I kept quiet when a guy put his hand on my breast in my own home, for the same reason I kept quiet when I was raped for two years, the same reason why when I was sexually violated by women in my church, but I kept quiet. I don't even know another reason but fear. I don't know how that woman is going to survive this day! God be with her, and I don't know how I'm going to write my exam today! God help me too! As for that man, I just don't know.”


This is Thuli's reality and that of thousands of girls and women around the world. Cycles of violence abuse and manipulation are strengthened by women’s shame and silence.

What should either of them have done in a situation like this? Who do they have to talk about it with? How can they feel safe in their everyday comings and goings?

A lack of personal safety restricts freedom of movement, it restricts a girl’s education and upward mobility, and it affects the very core of how she feels about herself as an empowered individual with a voice that matters.

Global Sorority may have started out as a platform to gather the truth of young women’s experiences around the world and allow them a space to share their lives and receive internal leadership skills and support. But it has grown into an organization with hundreds of girl’s lives and outcomes still connected to the work and the mission.

We still need your ongoing support to help facilitate a global sisterhood that mobilizes change, inspires action and creates economic and service opportunities for the young women who have already taken our workshops and for those who are waiting for the opportunity.

Thank you for helping us to grow and provide more for those who can't even ride the train to school without trauma and who don't have a safe space to go to share, connect, heal, and create positive solutions for their lives and communities.

Also, we'd like to thank you for helping us reach our goal of becoming a registered 501c3 organization in the United States. This will help us acquire grants and other ways to remain sustainable.

Girls rarely get to leave their own neighborhoods
Girls rarely get to leave their own neighborhoods
 

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Location: Gibsons, British Columbia - Canada
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Tia Kelly
Vancouver, BC Canada
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