10.11.12 International Day of the Girl
Thanks to the tireless efforts of AUDACIA participant Plan International, and its partners, the United Nations has declared October 11, 2012 to be the first-ever International Day of the Girl. ...
To kick off the new year Women's eNews proudly announced its selection of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. These individuals demonstrated throughout the year their commitment to improving the lives of women and girls and to building capacity to continue to improve the future for all. We are pleased that two AUDACIA speakers are counted among the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. Carol Jenkins, founding president of the Women's Media Center and Board Chair of AMREF USA, and Elizabeth Colton, Emma Willard School alumna and founding president of the International Museum of Women (IMOW) were both recognized as leaders Who Catalyze Culture for their extraordinary work on behalf of girls and women. Congratulations Carol and Elizabeth!
AUDACIA presents a new resource! Have you ever wondered who else is operating in the world of girls' education? Which organizations operate in your geographic area? Which organizations might make for productive partners? In our new organizations page you can find an alphabetical listing of organizations operating in girls' education, or you can search the listing by country to narrow the focus to a certain geography. Please note this listing is a partial listing - if you know of any organizations that should be, but are not yet, listed, please let us know. Happy searching!
At AUDACIA 2011 we heard from Women's Media Center Founding President Carol Jenkins. This month the Women's Media Center is launching its Girls' State of the Union video contest.
Who? The Women’s Media Center invites girls from all over the United States, ages 14-22, to create a 1- 5 minute Girls’ State of the Union video. Five finalists will be highlighted on the Women’s Media Center’s YouTube channel and a group of diverse and talented celebrity and new media influencer judges will choose the winner.
What? Like the President’s report, the Girls’ State of the Union will sum up the condition of the country—with special emphasis on the welfare of girls—and an outline of what the President’s legislative agenda and priorities for Congress should be.
Where? The winner, along with her parents or guardians, will be flown to Washington, DC to present her State of the Union report at the National Press Club in January.
When? All submissions are due by December 12, 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women’s Media Center created the Girls’ State of the Union to shine a light on girls as leaders. It’s a truism that power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself. Girls’ State of the Union provides girls with the opportunity to listen to each others’ voices, own their expertise, create media on their own terms, and be heard in the world.
We can't be what we can't see -- media tell our stories and influence how girls imagine their future possibilities.
We here at AUDACIA believe that girls should be empowered through education to be able to realize a bright future. Encourage the girls in your world to participate in this contest to share what they see for the future.
As we approach Thanksgiving here in the States, we take a moment to reflect on the things for which we here at AUDACIA are thankful. At the top of the list are all of you - the folks who stand up every day and say, what can I do? How I can effect change? Dr. Abigail E. Disney inspired us all when she said "I think we should dream very, very big. I don't care if it sounds impossible. I will put my shoulder to the stone and push with everyone else." Read below how all of you inspired an Emma Willard sophmore to see that somewhere over the rainbow, dreams really do come true.
"The first time I walked into the Credit Suisse building, Somewhere Over the Rainbow was playing on the overhead music system. From that moment on, it continued to play on repeat for the next two days. By the end of the trip, I knew all the lyrics to the song. At the time, I thought it was the most annoying thing, having to listen to the song over and over again, but as I left New York and began to reflect back on my experiences at the forum, I realized that the song was a perfect summary for everything I had learned. Somewhere over the rainbow, the dream of every girl everywhere receiving a quality education becomes a reality. From the forum, I learned that AUDACIA has the potential to be the vehicle to transport everyone to that world, where freedom and education are essential parts of every girl’s life. I learned that there are two hundred plus hard-working and dedicated women already in that world, and what they need most now is the chance to demonstrate their ingenuity and ideas to others so that the movement will spread. There is work to be done, but it is worth it because we have the chance to give millions of other girls what we often take for granted- the ability to acquire knowledge through quality education and use it to become successful in the world. From this forum, I have learned that such a seemingly impossible goal is now within our reach if we are only able to move past the storm and look somewhere over the rainbow to see the land where dreams really do come true."
AUDACIA New Ideas Clinic participant The Mariposa DR Foundation has just WON the first ever Global Giving Girl Effect Challenge! With 900 unique donors and $25,711 raised in 30 days, the Mariposas beat out 54 other organizations for the top spot when the challenge ended at midnight, last night. The Mariposas, along with 11 other organizations, have won a featured spot on the Girl Effect fundraising page and funding from the Girl Effect Fund. We offer our heartiest AUDACIA congratulations to our friends at The Mariposa DR Foundation. It is, it appears, indeed the time of the butterflies.
At AUDACIA 2011 we spoke about the need to include girls themselves in discussions surrounding girls' education. Below an Emma Willard School senior reflects on her experience with AUDACIA.
"I remember clearly on the first day of the forum, everyone who had been working hard on the student advisory board for a year couldn’t stop saying- with big smiles on their faces- 'I cannot believe we’re finally here!' Yes, it was thrilling as a student to be there, representing the face of Emma. It was so great to watch the pieces fall into place, and I think all of the volunteers would agree with me when I say it was very rewarding to watch everything run so smoothly. However, the greatest reward that, I believe, all of the students volunteers got out of this, is a new mindset. I have pages and pages of notes taking up my journal of ideas I had never thought of before. These ideas, I hope I can feed off of and apply throughout the rest of my life. Before the forum, I knew why there was an essential need for girls' education in the world today. I knew that only with equal educational access for both genders can a society truly move forward into the modern era. But the question that still lingered in my mind was 'How? How could we possibly convince the rest of the world to share this important vision?' AUDACIA taught us how. It brought together bright minds from all over the world, and we got front row seats as we watched ideas merge together, get broken down, analyzed, and even challenged. All of us picked up on these ideas- new ways to look at the world. As the co-head of the Emma Willard UNICEF group, this was particularly meaningful to me. It pointed me in a direction of thinking I probably would not have gotten to on my own. I hope that I can turn around and help others expand their thinking on this important topic. Not only that, but I made some great connections with interesting people doing interesting things, and who shared the same vision and passions as I did. In my future, I foresee doing a lot of humanitarian work. It has always been a passion of mine, and it’s the only thing I can see myself committing the rest of my life too. AUDACIA has not only further cemented this fervent passion, but has expanded my thinking, and given me new ideas and contacts I hope to carry with me for the rest of my life."
We present to you: the highlights video from AUDACIA 2011! Take a quick four minute tour through AUDACIA to experience the excitement, relive the lively discussions and hear directly from your colleagues what they had to say about AUDACIA and its work to ensure that every girl everywhere has access to a quality education. To borrow the words of one AUDACIA participant: "This is not a traditional forum; it represents people that are very diverse in their approaches, and I think there is a lot to learn from everyone." Together, we will, indeed, change the world.
We are pleased to announce that the photos from AUDACIA 2011 are now available for your viewing pleasure online! Were you there? Find yourself in the album on facebook, or look at the entire album on our website here. Many thanks to all who participated, in a wide variety of ways, to make AUDACIA the lively conversation and community you see reflected in these stills.
We are delighted to report that four AUDACIA participants are featured in GlobalGiving and the Girl Effect’s first annual Girl Effect Challenge. Sponsored by AUDACIA participant the Nike Foundation's Girl Effect and GlobalGiving, the goal of the Challenge is to find organizations that are unleashing the Girl Effect through girl-focused projects and provide them with increased visibility and support. Organizations selected to participate in the Challenge will fundraise and compete from October 15, 2011 – November 15, 2011 for a chance to win one of twelve featured spots on the Girl Effect fundraising page and funding from the Girl Effect Fund. To beat out the competition, participating organizations must capture the most unique donors.
We are proud to report that four AUDACIA attendees are participating in this Challenge, and we encourage you to lend your support! They are:
Afghan Institute of Learning – Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls
The Mariposa DR Foundation – Unleash the Leader in a Girl
Plan International – Because I am a Girl
Solar Sister – Solar Sister Girls' Empowerment Program
The Challenge commences at midnight tonight. Tell your friends. To tell their friends. Every donation counts!
At AUDACIA 2011 Dr. Abigail E. Disney shared a sneak peak of her coming documentary entitled Women, War & Peace. The first of the five part series aired on PBS last night. This compelling documentary features Leymah Gbowee, who only days before the premier was named one of the three 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Did you miss the premier?