Stories

Every woman and every girl inspires us. We are deeply grateful to those who have shared their stories about breakthroughs in their lives, the ways in which they have overcome fears, beliefs, or events that once kept them from connecting with their inner strength and recognizing their amazingness. Some of these stories are stories of pain and how a women or girl triumphed over it. As you read these stories, rather than focusing on the pain, choose to focus instead on the triumph and the ways that others have overcome what may once have seemed impossible to overcome. Let's celebrate their triumphs!

The Power Of Everyday Heroes

You have no idea of your power to influence. It’s often the smallest acts that make the biggest difference. My story is of how a child survives (and goes onto thrive) when the system fails. The answer is simple: Because of you! My life was...

Death is my only option

Trigger warning: Before reading this post, please be aware that it includes descriptions of childhood sexual assault and abuse. You don’t need to be successful to inspire people I learned that from my mother. I don’t know what made me...

Normal is a setting on a washing machine

I’m celebrating what I have learned about myself through adversity in childhood, a successful career in education and as a hopeful survivor of cancer which has changed my world view completely. I now want to ban the word normal and...

“You are worth so much more” 

VIDEO: Rebecca Smiddy, a nurse-midwife, shares her story of overcoming grief and depression, and encourages others to recognize their worth.

Stand Up, Close Your Eyes, and Breathe

As you read this blog, let my journey inspire you but remember that yours won’t be the same as mine because our dreams are different. “Moraa, I conceived you when I was in form three, at 17 years old. I had to drop out of school, so always...

Feminist Activism through Writing

My story is I do my activism with my writing. Since I couldn’t find a book about global young women’s activism, other than regional studies, I traveled to hot spots for democracy uprisings like Cairo, Istanbul, and Athens to talk with the...

Born With impaired legs and missing fingers...

“I feel I am a born star.. you know why? Because I have this joined thumb in my left hand, just like Hritik Roshan,” he says and joins in our laughter. 22 year old Shivam Porwal was affected by phocomelia syndrome (a disease in which arms...

Scripting My Own Story

I grew up in a small city called Guwahati, tucked in the far northeast of India. My region is full of abundant resources but also had its own share of issues, like insurgency and violence, that I witnessed from a very young age. I think this is...

A Global Force of Voices

VIDEO: Julia Wiklander, founder of Girls’ Globe, leads a global network of young women working to raise the voices of women and girls around the world.

Hands off my tamariki

I spoke at a family violence prevention conference in Aotearoa New Zealand recently about the rife state uplift of indigenous children here. New Zealand child protection harms more children than it helps, that is what we are speaking up about...