We developed this list from our own readings and from Bustle’s International Women’s Day book list. Take a look and add your own! We thoroughly encourage getting friends together for a book club, as well! Let us know what you think of what you read in the comments, or give us your suggestions! Continue reading “2016 Empowering Reading List”
The U.S. House of Representatives have passed the Education for All Act of 2016 (H.R. 4481)! The Senate still has to consider its version of the act before it moves closer to reality, but this is very exciting! Continue reading “Education For All Act Passes the House!”
Back in March, School Girls Unite member Ananya B. wrote a blog post for the Global Campaign for Education! She wrote about what it’s like to be a tenth grade activist, and how important education is for everyone.
As a sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School just outside Washington D.C., this is my first year being a part of SGU. I have always been a supporter for women’s rights, especially the right to education. I joined SGU because I feel that with an education anything is possible and to be able to give these girls an opportunity to transform their lives and the lives of the ones around them is amazing. As Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” and in SGU we give girls, who do not have the financial or societal capabilities, this power. School Girls has also educated me in the struggles girls have around the world when attempting to receive an education.
Written by Dana B. and Nikita K., School Girls Unite Youth Advocates at Mayfield Woods Middle School
We are two students from Mayfield Woods Middle School with the same intentions: to make a difference in the lives of girls around the world. There are twelve of us in our group at school, Equality for All. Our motto is “Unity today, Equality tomorrow,” which means that we strive to accomplish a unified team today so that we can achieve equality tomorrow. Continue reading “Collecting Petition Signatures”
“Since I’ve gone to school, my life has changed…”
Here is an interview recently conducted by Fatoumata Coulibaly, the president of our sister organization in Mali, with Awa Coulibaly (no relation).
Translated by Sophie C., Bethesda Chevy Chase HS School Girls Unite member
I was born in 1998 in Sanandjè (located about 75 km from the capital city of Bamako). I started receiving scholarships in 2005, thanks to Les Filles Unies and SGU. My parents didn’t have the money to send me to school so this scholarship allowed me to have access to an education. It was a lucky opportunity for me to go to school. Thank God since I started school, I haven’t had to repeat one class between my 1st and 9th year.
School Girls Unite representing three different schools, joined by two students with Global Kids, talked up a storm about Education for All legislation on Capitol Hill. Students requested meetings and met with staff for Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, as well as Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. John Sarbanes. Their arguments for equal education for girls globally received solid support from these Members of Congress.
Continue reading “June 2016 Visit to Congress!”
By Sophie C. & Ilhan A., School Girls Unite at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
School Girls Unite Skypes every Wednesday afternoon with Fatoumata Coulibaly, the president of Les Filles Unies pour l’Education in Mali. We are both of French heritage and are bilingual. When we aren’t busy with our extracurricular activities, we chat online with Fatoumata, who goes to an Internet cafe in Bamako. Since last November our sister organization, which runs our scholarship program started in 2004, has been planning to hold a Day of Awareness about the importance of education of girls in rural Mali. The idea was to bring together students, their parents, teachers, school directors, and government representatives for the first time to the central community of Ouolodo, located 75 km from Bamako. This event had to be postponed twice because of security issues in Mali, but on January 30th, the ceremony was anything but bleak. Between 10am-3pm, there were speeches, eating, singing and dancing!