On International Day of the Girl, we celebrate the strength and potential of girls across the world. This day is an opportunity to reinforce the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. My Choices Foundation stands with girls everywhere as they break stereotypes, push boundaries, lead global movements, and take charge of their future.
In the latest edition of Sanctuary magazine, our founder Elca Grobler has shared the story behind My Choices Foundation and how we make an impact among girls and women in India. You can check out here.
Girls are bold and their actions are transformative. As this year’s theme ‘My voice, our equal future’ highlights, they are increasingly proving to be raising their voices and taking charge of their future – from addressing gender-based violence, to closing the education gap and eliminating child marriage.
“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women and girls”.
– Malala Yousafzai, Educational activist
CHALLENGES GIRLS’ FACE
Girls are an active part of society and have made tremendous progress in the last few years. Yet far too often, they are denied their rights and opportunities to realise the full potential. Most girls aren’t getting a fair start in life. The shutdown of schools and other effects of COVID-19 have put millions of girls at risk more than ever before. There is a huge spike in domestic violence cases and it is predicted that most girls would never return to school.
We are at the brink of losing years of progress. We cannot afford it and we need to act fast.
WHAT WE DO
My Choices Foundation creates awareness about child sexual abuse, child marriage, child sexual slavery, cyberbullying, and harassment through multiple awareness programs. We educate young girls and equip women to be agents of change. We fight to stop gender-based violence so that girls everywhere can live a life of dignity.
We strongly hold the value of educating and empowering girls as well as boys for an equal future and balanced world.
Girls’ eye view is important in solving their challenges and our powerful interventions and approaches are aimed at working alongside young people in the community – we listen to them, understand their needs and help put their ideas into action. We are inspired and amazed by the enthusiasm within each girl we encounter during our field-based programs and grass root-level activations. They are strong, determined and prepared to lead for a better future.
We encourage you to take a moment to voice your thoughts on the conditions girls face in your neighbourhood, community and society.
We invite you to share your voice below on this question: “How can we support girls to become future leaders of our world?”
Let’s keep the conversation going to make the unheard heard.