Members of the Bay Shore High School Day of the Girl Committee (photo by Diana R.)

Bay Shore SGU Chapter Holds Successful Fundraiser on the Day of the Girl!

Written by Juliette K.

Recently, Bay Shore High School of Bay Shore, NY celebrated its first ever celebration of the International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2017. The day consisted of a 3 presentations highlighting issues girls face around the world with over 150 students in attendance.

The day began with activist Naila Amin, a survivor of child marriage. Having her story shared on such platforms as the Muslim American Leadership Alliance and the New York Times, she is making a difference one step at time through awareness and action. Continue reading “Bay Shore SGU Chapter Holds Successful Fundraiser on the Day of the Girl!”

Photo of School Girls Unite scholarship students smiling in front of a chalkboard.

Mali Girls Scholarship Program News

Fatoumata Coulibaly, the president of our sister organization, says “Even though the conflict in Mali is extremely tense, there is a little hope and good news.” During her recent trip to the villages, parents express their eagerness for their daughters to go to school.  Many of the girls who receive our scholarships confirm this attitude. Djéneba Doumbia reports:

My grandfather and my father encouraged me a lot to continue my studies.”

Even mothers, who need their daughters to help at home, tell Les Filles Unies how proud they are that their girls can read and write. What’s really promising is that many of the scholars interviewed recently by Les Filles Unies say they feel more respected. Kadia Coulibaly, who just completed 6th grade, claims:

At my school, now the girls and boys are treated the same way, and in fact in my class the girls are doing better than the boys.” Continue reading “Mali Girls Scholarship Program News”

Art Contest to Promote Gender Equality in Education

At Burleigh Manor Middle School, students in the Global Equality Now! club hosted an art contest to promote gender equality in education. Six students entered the contest and it was very hard to choose who would win. Emilie, an eighth grader, won the art contest with a drawing depicting Malala, the peace dove, books, and gender equality using crayons! Emilie was awarded a $20 gift card to a well-known coffee chain for her winning picture. Continue reading “Art Contest to Promote Gender Equality in Education”

#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

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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”

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.
Continue reading “June 2016 Visit to Congress!”