YOU are an inspiration…your story can encourage and inspire other women & girls.

The expectations and demands on women & girls around the world are high and, often times, seem unachievable. But women & girls often experience breakthrough moments of self-acceptance and self-love, moments when they overcome the expectations of others and decide to fully own and live their own lives.

When women & girls share their stories of personal triumph, amazing things happen. They often find that telling their story is itself an act of self-empowerment. And other women & girls are inspired and changed by reading real stories of struggles with fear, confidence and unrealistic expectations. Sharing stories has the potential to give hope, to encourage, and to help change lives.

Our goal is to provide support, inspiration and encouragement by providing this web platform for women & girls to share their experiences and stories. Another goal is to increase awareness of initiatives that advance the safety, health, education and empowerment of women & girls globally. Each story submitted here will automatically spark a cash donation from Say It Forward to an organization that supports women & girls in some way.

In celebration of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Triennial Congress in June, 2017, SayItForward.org will donate $25 to the International Confederation of Midwives for each story posted between March 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. You can learn more about ICM at internationalmidwives.org

We have honored our commitment to the first beneficiary, the FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health during the first year of Say it Forward, even though we did not reach our goal for the number of stories posted. The funds were used for initiatives strengthening and empowering communities of midwives in remote areas in Burkina Faso and in Bolivia. We continue to respect and admire the work of this important partner and will continue to work closely with the FCI Program moving forward. We are pleased to share a few photographs from this work.