Thoughts from the Women’s March – Part 1

By Misbah –

The inauguration of Donald Trump and his subsequent executive orders have sparked a movement among Americans of all backgrounds like no other. From the powerful Women’s March to the countless number of people who have been calling and writing letters to their representatives, activism is at a peak in American society. We must ensure that we keep the ball rolling and continue to advocate for our rights, even after the Trump presidency. Continue reading “Thoughts from the Women’s March – Part 1”

Hello from School Girls Unite

2016 Year-End Update

We are so proud of School Girls Unite and our 12-year-strong commitment to spreading education across the globe. Not only has our Mali Girls Scholarship Program provided over 600 combined years of education — over the years, more than 600 students in our School Girls Unite chapters in the U.S. have sustained our program. Each year, our chapter members celebrate traditions like the International Day of the Girl, as well as organize innovative activities to raise awareness about the obstacles girls face around the world in getting to school. Continue reading “2016 Year-End Update”

#FlashbackFriday 10th Grade Activism

AnanyaBack 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.

Read more at the Global Campaign for Education’s website!

Collecting Petition Signatures

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”

School Girls Unite Success Story!

“Since I’ve gone to school, my life has changed…”

Awa with Fatoumata
Les Filles Unies President Fatoumata (right) with scholarship recipient Awa (holding our action guide)

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.

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June 2016 Visit to Congress!

June 2016 Congress Visit

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.
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The Latest from Les Filles Unies in Mali

FU good group photo

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!

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