We are excited to welcome the third of our newest fellow to our GET Program, Ms. Serina Chaya, CEO of Chaya Crochet. Chaya Crochet uses crochet techniques and tools to make several products such as clothing, shoes, and accessories. Chaya Crochet wants to bring back the old crocheting tradition to modern fashion in Liberia. Check out their page here: https://goo.gl/TldnjF | An initiative of: SMART Liberia Powered by: SheaMoisture
Not every day, we come across people with a huge sense of moral obligation and urgency to reduce human pains, accelerate human progress and make the world a little bit better.Therefore when we find them, It becomes a sacred duty to celebrate them, to hold them in high esteem because with their lives come the blessings of so many others! We are proud to call you one of such people.You have impacted lives even before you left school. Now that you are out, we can only expect more! No doubt, your education is a blessing to our nation. Congratulations, Marvin R. Tarawally, our Founder& Executive Director!
Happy Friday!!! We are pleased to announce the second of our newest fellow to our GET program, Ms. Simone Witherspoon, CEO of The Word Inc. The Word is a T-shirt brand that uses positive words and arts to help people express themselves, while inspiring others through what they wear. Check out their page here: https://goo.gl/LAV6Yf | An initiative of: SMART Liberia Powered by:@SheaMoisture
Please join us in welcoming one of our three new fellows to our GET program, Ms. Rachlee Leeway, CEO of Wonseh Designs. Wonseh is a Liberian clothing brand that seeks to inspire Africans, especially youth to embrace their culture by including African prints in their everyday clothing. Check out their page here: https://goo.gl/Q8Qiic | An initiative of: SMART Liberia Powered by: SheaMoisture
"Be as good as, if not better than anything else on air!" Using TV or radio to change people's minds and behaviours is tricky, especially when it comes to child marriage. So we asked some experts to share their tips.
Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed what would have been the first law in the US to put a blanket ban on child marriage. Across America, it remains legal for girls under 18 to marry. But a few women's rights charities are working to change the laws. http://tmsnrt.rs/2pRJjYO via Thomson Reuters Foundation
Many high school students struggle to find a career they love. As a result, the transition from high school to college, and then the labor force is almost impossible for many. Without the proper guidance and support, they end up dropping out of school, or into fields that suck up all their energy and happiness. Today, we successfully held a Career Tour at the Stella Maris campus with members of our change leaders club across our partner schools. A big thanks to the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), and our panelists, Lekpele M. Nyamalon and Thomas Weaseh Johnson for your believe in our mission and inspiring these students. #Changeahead #Changeleadership
“The Lost Girls” is a new film which takes a closer look at child marriage in Nepal. CBS News correspondent Reena Ninan travelled to Nepal to meet Rachana, a young woman who was nearly married off and now campaigns to end child marriage.
Human rights groups raise the alarm over child marriages among Rohingya women and girls fleeing violence in Myanmar. In a new survey, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency found that 60% of them married before 18.
Don’t miss new documentary about child marriage in Nepal airing Sunday 7th May on CBS News 8pm EST! Our Director, Lakshmi Sundaram and Board Chair, Mabel van Oranje, as well as Girls Not Brides members Unchained At Last and Human Rights Watch will be weighing in.
Are you a grassroots organisation struggling to get funding for your work to end child marriage? Our friends at AmplifyChange shared a few tips on how to write a successful grant application. Do you have any of your own? Tell us!
If you are 18-25 and interested in the question of leadership in Africa. Write an essay and stand a chance to win $2,000 and a fully funded trip to South Africa. Essay Question: "If you were a leader, what will you do to achieve peace and security in Africa?" It's time to show the world your scholarly"juice" and make some cash while earning status, young African leaders, and scholars! Check the link for more information. Cheers to the best essay!
Female clerics from Indonesia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Malaysia have issued an unprecedented fatwa against child marriage. Though not legally binding, fatwas are powerful symbols in the Islamic world and can play an important role in addressing child marriage.
“A girl is perhaps choosing to be in a union, but only because she lacks other options.” New stats from Mexico show thousands of young girls who are in informal unions face the same consequences as child marriage: pregnancy, school dropout and violence. Via Guardian global development
“When I had the body to dance with poles, I was out developing my mind. Stupid, stupid choice.” Yup, that pretty much sums it up. See Maureen Langan’s Daughter of a Garbageman now through May 13. Tickets here: http://bit.ly/MaureenLangan
Activists in Lebanon are hanging wedding dresses on Beirut’s sea front to pressure Parliament to remove Article 522, a provision in the penal code that exonerates rapists if they marry their victims. Parliament is due to vote on a proposal to remove Article 522 on 15 May.
Join us in supporting one of our Lift Liberia scholars to attend the African Leadership College in Rwanda. Ansumana was accepted into the undergraduate program at the ALC to pursue a degree in Global Challenges. ALU educates the next generation of Africa’s emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to lead positive change across the continent. Click below to make a contribution and also learn more about Ansumana.