Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world –
Marilyn Monroe

Some sad, suppressed girls who yearn for freedom, love and happiness throughout their lives.

This is why its time for ACTION and to STAND UP FOR WHAT'S RIGHT.

For we can make a difference and maybe make the lives of others better.

Happy UN International Day of the Girl


Some of the Efforts I wish to applaud and mention here from around the world are below, the list is endless but so is the work needed.



From Bangladesh-

Young Campaigners under the group titled- 'Wedding Busters; are helping tackle child marriage in North Bangladesh as their battle to end the cycle of poverty caused by early marriage.  The group is becoming extremely poplar as the young Bangladeshi girls can call an seek help from this Group.



From Afghanistan-

Fifteen-year-old Freshta has escaped marriage to a man more than twice her age. But she has been cast out of her home and worries that her little sister will be forced into the fate that awaited her.



From Indonesia-

Ms. Suraiya Kamaruzzaman the co-founder of the Flower Aceh, an NGO through which she has championed the rights of Acehnese women during and after the conflict. She has worked to ensure women’s safety, and has advised them on issues of economic and reproductive rights. Her organization has collected and recorded data on violence against women and offered support services for victims of sexual violence. Since the 2004 tsunami, her organization has been running a Women’s Crisis Centre.  She was recently awarded NPeace Prize.



From Nepal-

Ms. Radha Paudel the Founder and President of Action Works Nepal, an NGO that works in conflict affected regions of Nepal. When the Maoist insurgency erupted, Radha was a manager of a health institute where she negotiated safe access routes for medicines and medical personnel. Caught in a cross-fire, she witnessed many deaths, and saw orphaned children and aged left to fend for themselves. Marked by those experiences, she now advocates for protections for the poor and conflict affected communities.  She also coordinates the `Women's Campaign for Peace and the Constitution'. Her motto is ‘no women, no peace’. She was recently awarded NPeace Prize.


From Philippines-

Ms. Teresita Quintos Deles,  more popularly known as “Ging”, was the first woman to be appointed as the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process in the Philippines in 2003, and was later reappointed in 2010, when the Philippines became the first country in the region to adopt a National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. She was a co-founder of the Coalition for Peace, the country’s first citizen’s peace group to emerge after the 1986 People Power uprising. Her work helped lay the groundwork for landmark reform policy such as the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act and the Anti-Rape Law. She was recently awarded NPeace Prize.


In Sri Lanka-

Ms. Rupika De Silva is founder of Saviya, a women’s NGO  which promotes human rights and community participation for peace in the southern province and other conflict affected areas in Sri Lanka. She managed an innovative exchange program between Sinhala women in the North and Tamil women in the South to foster stronger relations between the two groups.  After the 2004 tsunami, she helped to build entrepreneurial skills of women who were most affected by the disaster. She was recently awarded NPeace Prize.

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Comment by Cynthia Hass on October 26, 2012 at 1:42am

This is awesome. 

We need more of this! I'm with Hung and Eric, would love to collaborate. 

I work with the UNF's Girl Up campaign so this IS AMAZING. 

Hear from you soon! 

Comment by Hung Vo on October 18, 2012 at 1:06am
This sounds absolutely fantastic! I would also love to speak with you sometime about your work and possible collaboration with IYC USA.
Comment by Eric Dales on October 17, 2012 at 9:26pm

Hi Simran! This is such a great post, you really found some awesome organizations. Are you doing any work in the UAE on these issues? Would love to chat about it! 



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