Leading Change

I Will Be the One

The main point of my story is the changes that occur within a person… Our parents raise us in a certain way, but we have the power to change and be different. In Chile, we have...

Unleashing the Girl Power

I grew up in a family/community that relegated women and girls for example, when men spoke, women are to remain silent or take the blame for everything whether they are right or wrong. Most...

Our actions impact others

I was born and raised in Germany in a patriarchal Turkish household. My parents emigrated there before my birth. At 19, I was arranged married to a relative who mentally and physically...

Fighting for Change

The past few weeks have been unsettling. First, Covid-19 forced us to stay at home, and we became masked-people. Then we witnessed on national TV the senseless murder of George Floyd. Now...

Empathy 4 You

Hi, I’m Shalmali, a graduate student and mental health advocate from Pune. I conduct workshops, seminars and lectures on mental health and suicide prevention in youth through my...

Shit Matters !?.

For 20 years, a toilet managed my life. A kidney disorder- diagnosed at the age of two- led to constraints in mobility and concerns of locating a safe, clean public toilet. This failure of...

Starting The Girls Empowerment Team

When I was in the fourth grade, I couldn’t look in the mirror and tell myself I was enough. That I was beautiful or fun to hang out with. No girls cared to include me in hangouts...

Rewriting the Script

Trigger warning: Please be aware that this story includes a graphic description of childhood FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). This was one chilly afternoon in the month of November in the...