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GET INSPIRED

Below you’ll find links from all over the globe with stories of young women changemakers.
Keep watching this space for all the inspiration you need as we keep periodically updating it.

 

TOP INSPIRATIONAL STORIES OF YOUNG WOMEN CHANGEMAKERS

 

SOME INSPIRING VIDEOS TO CHECK OUT

Vital Voices: Kakenya  (3 min)  “Kakenya Ntaiya had a dream: to become a teacher. On the way to achieving it, she has had to overcome obstacles and make tough compromises. But, after becoming the first girl from her Maasai village to attend college, she has opened a path for other young girls achieve their dreams.”

Vital Voices: Kakenya (3 min)

“Kakenya Ntaiya had a dream: to become a teacher. On the way to achieving it, she has had to overcome obstacles and make tough compromises. But, after becoming the first girl from her Maasai village to attend college, she has opened a path for other young girls achieve their dreams.”

Pedal=Sight  (5.5 min)  “For many children in the West, usually a bicycle is little more than a toy. For Bharati it is a means to an education, a means to a better future, and a tool to achieve what women in her mother’s generation could not. Bharati wants to change her world with a little help from her own two wheels.”

Pedal=Sight (5.5 min)

“For many children in the West, usually a bicycle is little more than a toy. For Bharati it is a means to an education, a means to a better future, and a tool to achieve what women in her mother’s generation could not. Bharati wants to change her world with a little help from her own two wheels.”

 

TOP BOOKS TO READ IF YOU WANT TO BE A YOUNG CHANGEMAKER

  • Be a Change maker: How to start something that matters by Laurie Ann Thompson. www.be-a-changemaker.com

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Brian Mealer and William KamKwamba

  • Do Something - A Handbook for Young Activists By Nancy Lublin

  • Rad Women Worldwide By Kate Schatz

  • Start it Up: The Complete Teen Business Guide to Turning your Passions into PayBy Kenrya Rankin

  • Doable: The Girls Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything By Deborah Reber

  • You Got This! By Maya Penn

  • I am Malala By Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick

  • Generation Fix: Young ideas for a better world By Elizabeth Rusch

  • A Random Book About the Power of Anyone By Talia Leman

  • Audacity By Melanie Crowder

  • Do Good Well: Your Guide to Leadership, Action, and Social Innovation By Nina Vasan and Jennifer Przybylo

 

MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES

TakingITGlobal - one of the world’s leading networks of young people learning about, engaging with and working towards tackling global challenges - https://www.tigweb.org

YouthActionNet - invests in the power and promise of young social entrepreneurs around the globe - youthactionnet.org


EXAMPLES AND IDEAS

EXAMPLE INITIATIVES

In this section we have provided examples of initiatives that address women or girl child related issues. The official websites will tell you about the organization, and what they do. The links in “Media Coverage” will tell you about their impact and what the world thinks about them. Navigate through this list, you may find some ideas for your submission!

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PERIOD

  • Website: http://period.org
  • Description: Founded by a formerly homeless teen, Nadya Okamoto, Period provides feminine hygiene products to those who do not have means to access them on their own.
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SKILLS NOT SCARS

  • Website: http://makelovenotscars.org/skills
  • Description: Skills not scars is an initiative of Make Love Not Scars (MLNS), an NGO founded by Ria Sharma and dedicated to providing help to acid attack survivors. It is a job portal for acid attack survivors and provides them a platform to interact with their employers.
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GIRL BE HEARD

  • Website: http://girlbeheard.org
  • Description: A socially conscious nonprofit theater group, that serves to develop, amplify and celebrate the voices of young women. It was founded by Carol Auerbach, Peggy Kerry and Nigel Barker.
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GIRLS ON THE RUN

  • Website: https://www.girlsontherun.org
  • Description: Girls on the run, based in the USA (founded by Molly Barker) is a learning program for young girls that integrates an experience-based curriculum with running

A MIGHTY GIRL

  • Website: http://www.amightygirl.com
  • Description: Founded by Carolyn Danckaert and Aaron Smith, A Mighty Girl is a website featuring one of the largest collections of “books, toys, movies and music for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls and, of course, for girls themselves”
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ZANA AFRICA FOUNDATION

  • Website: http://www.zanaafrica.org
  • Description: Zana Africa, founded by Megan White Mukuria, provides support to young Kenyan girls to stay in school by providing reproductive health education and sanitary pads

BIRTHING PROJECT

  • Website: http://www.birthingprojectusa.org/mission.html
  • Description: Founded by Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, Birthing Project serves to improve birth outcomes for women of color in the USA. Their program pairs at-risk African American pregnant women with volunteer “sister friends” who provide one-on-one guidance and help through pregnancy and for one year after birth.
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IDEAS

This section lists top websites for project ideas. These are "idea repositories", use these links to find girl/women issue related change making ideas and be inspired!

  • Ashoka India: http://india.ashoka.org/youthventure
    • Ashoka Youth Venture program in India strives to build an ecosystem of support for young changemakers in India. Check the Meet the Youth Venturers and the Blog section to learn more about India’s young changemakers and their projects!
  • Ashoka : https://www.changemakers.com/ideas
    • Collection of change maker entries from around the world! Use Filter By Social Sector (Women’s Issues/Girls’ development/Maternal health/Gender equity etc.) to view girl/women focussed solutions.
  • TedXRedmond: http://tedxredmond.com/archives/
    • TEDx Redmond is an independently organized TED event in Redmond, Washington State, by youth with speakers all under the age of 18. Read about/listen to some great young changemakers and get inspired by their projects here!
  • One Year Road Trip: http://oneyearroadtrip.com
    • Shares the stories of kids changing the world! Select the kids button to learn about the young changemakers and their projects.
  • Her Lead: http://herlead.vitalvoices.org
    • The HERlead Fellowship serves to train and empower the next generation of female leaders. Select Projects to view young women changemakers and their projects!