Can GirlForward's Superior Program Structure For Refugee Girls Be Applied To American Girls?

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Can GirlForward's Superior Program Structure For Refugee Girls Be Applied To American Girls?

The Austin, Texas branch of Girl Forward, a nonprofit founded in Chicago in 2011, is run exclusively by millennial women for high-school age refugee girls. Politico profiled the group in November 2018, landing in Austin. because Texas is second only to California in its refugee population.

GirlForward is predicated on the notion that refugee girls face particular hardships due not only to the tumultuous circumstances of their upbringing and relocation but also their gender. “Oftentimes, our girls haven’t been able to pursue education in the same way their brothers have,” Shannon Elder, 24, GirlForward’s Austin development manager, observes. “In countries of conflict, girls’ access to education can be much more limited than it is for boys,” said Arielle Levin, who runs the mentorship program. GirlForward recruits refugees through Austin nonprofits, schools, and word of mouth. It tries specifically to recruit the oldest daughter in a family, reasoning that they are usually shouldered with the heaviest burdens. “A lot of my family don’t speak English,” said Storai Rana, an 18-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, “so there was so many responsibilities of things I had to do. Like I had go to the bank, to the market,” she said.

Girl Forward attempts to help its girls lead lead full and rich lives, moving behind tangible tools like opening a checking account or learning how to use the local library.

Fatima Mirzakhail, an 18-year-old refugee, told Politico’s Ethan Epstein that her initial optimism on arriving in America and leaving her war-torn country of Afghanistan soon evaporated. “In Afghanistan I felt like I was in a box, and I couldn’t fly anywhere.” Fatima explained. Her expectations that life in America would be so different soon evaporated. Before becoming part of Girl Forward, “I was crying all the time, hating myself,” she said.  Now Fatima is blossoming “planning on attending a local community college next year before transferring to UT. “

Meghan Markle Follows Michelle Obama With Passionate Plea For Girls Education In Figi Speech

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Meghan Markle Follows Michelle Obama With Passionate Plea For Girls Education In Figi Speech

In the aftermath of Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative, a program that encouraged developing nations to educate girls, the US commitment to educating girls or even talking about educating girls has gone silent.

Reports in May 2017 were that the Trump administration intended to close down the Let Girls Learn program, launched by the Obamas in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries. That report in CNN, supported by internal Trump administration memos, was immediately contradicted by other voices in the administration , saying the report about dismantling Let Girls Learn was fallacious.

America’s First Lady Melania Trump made no direct references to girls education —reported in the press or available in a Google search — on her recent trip to Africa. The vast majority of world governments, ngos and even faith leaders believe that educating girls is critical to minimizing terrorism and improving the global economy. The Trump administration has not adopted this point of view, and Melania Trump’s trip to Malawi resulted only in a donation of 1.4 million books under USAID’s national reading program. Note that three times the Trump administration has proposed cuts of 30% of the US Aid program, but Congress has refused to pass the legislation.

For US progressives and concerned activists worldwide, our hopes that Melania Trump would continue a strong commitment to girls education have been dashed. Before we highlight the good news about Michelle Obama and this critical subject, AOC shines a light on the ever-inspiring Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, who picked up Michelle Obama’s mantle around girls education when Markle spoke to students at the University of the South Pacific in Figi Wednesday about the critical importance of education for girls.

Religious Groups Tried To Block Rihanna's Senegal GPE Global Education Conference Visit

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Religious Groups Tried To Block Rihanna's Senegal GPE Global Education Conference Visit

When 10 current and three former heads of state and more than 100 ministers gathered at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference in Dakar, Senegal, the conference marked the first time an education financing conference has been hosted by a developing country. 

President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal and President Emmanuel Macron of the French Republic welcomed the more than 1200 participants including leaders from UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, civil society, philanthropic foundations and the private sector. Rihanna, GPE’s Global Ambassador supported by Global Citizen, also participated.

Thankfully, Senegal's President Sall didn't bow to the generally unreported but very real protests in Senegal, demanding that Rihanna be banned from the event because of her involvement with the 'Illuminati'. 

Snopes writes that activist celebrities like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Madonna and Katy Perry are common targets of Trump's friends -- the conspiracy theorists -- who argue that these pop culture leaders are either Satanists or part of the Illuminati. This top conspiracy theory about the Illuminati posits that ultra-wealthy celebrities, bankers, billionaires and politicians are all globalists who secretly rule the world, putting their party above countries or religion. 

Hillary Clinton is considered to be among the most dangerous of the Illuminati, as Alexandra Petri wrote for The Washington Post in October 2016, three weeks before the election in: "The hideous, diabolical truth about Hillary Clinton".  

The Illuminati is believed to include many Freemasons. Although the two groups are believed to share many members and common values, they are historically separate.

Supporting Girls Worldwide Is A Top Priority For Toni Garrn & Plan International

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Supporting Girls Worldwide Is A Top Priority For Toni Garrn & Plan International

Top model Toni Garrn is front and center this week with her sizzling campaign for Australian swimwear brand Seafolly.

That's great news for Toni, but even she will tell you that it's her philanthropic activism that sends her soaring. It wasn't Naomi Campbell who launched the first Super Model Flea Market but Toni Garrn, who made the move to auction off her model friends' unwanted clothing to raise funds for Zimbabwean girls. 

In 2017 Toni partnered with Vestiaire Collective, the online luxury resale website, in launching three Super Model Flea Markets in November in Berlin, London and Paris. 

Toni sponsored her first girl from Vietnam when she was 16 years old and became a global ambassador for Plan International's Because I am a Girl Campaign in 2014. The project led her to launch the Toni Garrn Foundation, a not-for-profit aimed at advancing the rights of girls and improving their education in 2016, with a specific focus on Zimbabwe. Of course, Toni is dedicated to improving the lives of all children but girls are known for generating greater positive impact on their families and communities.

Black-ish Star Yara Shahidi Joins Malia Obama In Harvard's Freshman Class

It helps to get a letter of recommendation from former First Lady Michelle Obama, an accolade that no doubt helped talented Black-ish star Yara Shahidi with acceptance letters to all four of her university applications.

Trumps Launch Full Assault On International Programs That Benefit Women & Girls

Trumps Launch Full Assault On International Programs That Benefit Women & Girls

The Trump family double teamed their lies about women's rights with the proposed elimination of Hillary Clinton's Global Women's Issues Office, a State Department office that fights for the rights of women all over the world, with a special focus on defending those who are in the most precarious and vulnerable situations in impoverished countries.