HOLIDAY PARTY FUNDRAISER – SILENT AUCTION IS OPEN!!

In anticipation of our holiday party fundraiser on Dec 10th in New York City, we’re launching our Silent ‘Services’ Auction a little early to start the bidding! We have an awesome line-up from our super talented friends and neighbours, and we hope you’ll bid, bid, bid!

*To make a bid please send an email to projectgoodforgirls@gmail.com and specify which item you are bidding on, what your bid price is, and how much you would like to bid up to

Check out what’s on offer now!

The Good for Girls HOLIDAY PARTY!

Please join us on 10 December 2015 for the first annual Holiday Party to benefit Good for Girls!

Singaporean food! Silent ‘services’ auction! Craft beers!

Details:
10 December 2015
8.00-10.00pm
Reflections Yoga Center, 227 East 24th Street, NY 10010

Get Tickets for “The Good for Girls Annual Holiday Party” only on Yapsody

To rsvp, email projectgoodforgirls@gmail.com

*Tickets required for admission. Purchase is considered a donation to Project Good for Girls, Inc. a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, and tax-exempt to the full extent allowed by law.

**A limited number of tickets will be made available at the door, subject to venue capacity.

Good for Girls First Ever Annual Fundraiser!!

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Athletic scholarship girls in Sodo, Ethiopia. (photo courtesy of Girls Gotta Run)

Today, on International Day of the Girl, we’re proud to announce the Good for Girls first annual online fundraiser!

There are too many girls who are disadvantaged or discriminated against simply because they are girls. This has got to change.  Too many girls are being deprived of the education and skills they need to reach their full potential.  The world has nothing to gain and everything to lose – we are robbing the future of this potential.

Good for Girls is part of a growing global movement that is trying to change this. Please stand with us and be a part of this change! Join our campaign at: https://www.crowdrise.com/helpusempowergirlsin

 

#62milliongirls Campaign – Add Your Voice!

Just this week, while the world’s leaders met at the United Nations, Michelle Obama launched a new campaign #62MillionGirls to call attention to the ongoing challenge to ensure that all girls everywhere have a chance to go to school. More than 62 million girls worldwide – around half of whom are adolescents – are being denied their right to an education.

“If we want to end global poverty, if we want to improve the plight of our country, educating girls is the key to all of that. It just is.”

Get involved! Watch the message from the First Lady (who we think is awesome!!) and then add your voice by doing this.

**The campaign is organized by Girl Rising in support of Let Girls Learn, a US Govt initiative to encourage and support community-led programs to help girls GO to school and STAY in school.

October 11th is International Day of the Girl

The theme of this year’s UN International Day of the Girl Child is “Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence“.

The theme recognises the vulnerable life stage that is adolescence, which plays a huge role in determining whether the path to a girl’s future can be full of promise, or a downward spiral. It also recognises the impact of violence on adolescent girls and how this can compromise their safe and healthy transition from child to adult, and can result in a cycle of violence that continues for generations. Studies have shown that while violence can occur early in a girl’s life, its risk factors – whether physical, sexual or psychological – are heightened once she hits puberty.

Violence against girls isn’t reserved just for the developing world – it happens anywhere and everywhere. There are the physical and sexual assaults on girls in developing countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria and India – often targeted for their attempts to get an education, or attacked due to patriarchal traditions (such as in the case of honour killings, FGM, bride burnings and early marriage). But there is also the abuse that girls experience in more developed countries such as the United Kingdom, America and Canada, on campus, on the internet, and on the streets where girls as young as 12 who are runaways or abandoned are trafficked, forced into drug-use and prostitution.

Empowerment is the key to ending the cycle of violence. When an adolescent girl is educated, has a support network, and economic opportunities, she will grow up to be an empowered women who can better care for herself and her family, increase her earning power, spur economic growth for her community and act as a positive force of change for others. Empowered girls are equipped with the self-esteem, resilience and life skills needed to overcome the debilitating impact of violence.

Learn more:
The link between education and girls’ risk of abuse
#BeBold4Girls

#IDG2014
Coalition for Adolescent Girls
Population Council
UNICEF
UNFPA – Focus on Adolescent Girls
Day of the Girl Summit 2014

 

This Girl’s Gotta Run – Meet Meron Tamen

Meron Tamen is a bright-eyed 12 year-old in the 7th grade at the Abba Pascal School for Girls in Sodo, Ethiopia.

Meron Tamen in Sodo, Ethiopia (Photo: GGRF)

Meron Tamen in Sodo, Ethiopia (Photo: GGRF)

Earlier this year, she was selected to be in a new school athletics team with 14 other girls, as part of a pilot project run by the Girls Gotta Run Foundation. Besides learning about health and fitness, and training for running meets, the girls also go through a life skills program which teaches them about nutrition, family planning, financial literacy, leadership and other issues. Each girl gets a scholarship which helps lessen the financial burden on their families so they can stay in school and complete their education. The scholarships take care of daily meals, snacks, running gear, school uniforms, hygiene supplies, books and tutoring, and even cover healthcare for the girls and their mothers.

Like many others her age, Meron has big dreams. Her favourite subject is chemistry and when she grows up she wants to be a pharmacist, she says. She loves running and school, and at 12, can already glimpse a future for herself that’s different from her mum, who was married at 17 and had her first child, Meron’s sister Kidist, at 19.

Ethiopia has one of the highest rates of early marriage in the world, with one in two girls marrying before her 18th birthday, and one in five before the age of 15 (UNFPA). Due to cultural traditions and poverty, girls are often pulled out of school to get married and typically give birth within the year. One in 22 women in sub-Saharan Africa die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, and because of their age, young girls are even more at risk. Young women are less likely to receive good pre- and post-natal care, and the maternal and infant death rate for girls aged 15-19 is twice as high as for women in their 20s.

Meron’s mother Abinehbech is very supportive of her daughters’ education. She wants them to have opportunities she didn’t have. She finished school up to the 10th grade and went on to complete a 2 year technical course in computer science, but then got married soon after and lived in a small, rural community. She gave birth to both her daughters on her family’s farm without a midwife or birth attendant. A few years ago, after her husband passed away, she moved outside her rural village to Sodo, in the hopes of providing better educational opportunities for her girls. She now sells coffee and tea to a local dairy farm to support her family.

Learn more about the Girls Gotta Run Sodo Athletic Scholarship Program

Meron with her mother Abinehbech and sister Kidist outside their home. (Photo: GGRF)

Meron with her mother Abinehbech and sister Kidist outside their home. (Photo: GGRF)