Letter from the Editor XVIII

Dear Reader, The last issue of GNI looked at modernising the old model of ‘the princess’ into an empowering contemporary role model for girls. This issue explores the twists and turns that exist on the road to empowering young women. While girl activists as young as 13 are standing up for their rights all across Africa, an eight-year-old Australian girl lost her life while drag racing. It is so important to encourage young women to be bold and achieve their dreams, however, we must also consider the fearless becoming dangerous, as young women are entering into systems that have...

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30 November 2017: A is for…Ambition!

One of the first things we learn at school is the alphabet, right? But what if instead of A for Apple and B for Banana, young girls across the world were encouraged to learn that A can stand for their ambition, or that B might stand for their need to be bold? And so, we turn to this month’s issue of GNI, and the importance of fostering an early sense of ambition, boldness, and character within young women. Most importantly, it is for those women who are now grown up and  ‘in the know’ to share their experiences and to support young girl audiences with their ambitions. This, of course, was...

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15 November 2017: Kick Ass, Princess!

  “I’m not anti-princess […], but –“ Lisa M. Dinella states during the first few sentences of her article. That’s not as bad as many other sentences that start with “I’m not (xxx), but –”. Still, she makes a clear point of why it’s a good sign that superhero costumes finally become more popular this Halloween than princess costumes. While I can’t really identify with any of the Disney Girls, I think that’s going in the wrong direction. Dinella’s conclusion is as simple as it’s deceiving—because princesses are associated with typically female, therefore weaker or less powerful...

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Letter from the Editor XVII

Dear Reader, Last issue focused on #metoo, a powerful and necessary hashtag to share a common ground and story. While we won’t be silenced (media coverage will help us here) and must keep on making noise for it, a #themtoo hashtag would be as justified. So many girls and women still don’t have access to the most basic infrastructure, let alone internet. While this is slowly changing, let’s not forget that their stories are just as important, and should be heard – only then is it one voice that we’re raising, and not only that of those with a twitter account. Please help us by sharing this...

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30 October 2017: #MeToo

‘#Metoo… Those two simple words have become a rallying cry’ – an article for KCRA. Com puts it plainly. But what’s in a name? This month has been a firm reminder about how people in positions of power abuse their ‘names’ and their regarded status in order to control others and, in short, do what they want. They know, because of their name that, more than anything, their victims will feel powerless to speak up about it or speak out against them. On October 18th 2017, American actress Alyssa Milano chose to use her ‘name’ for the right reasons. In response to the Weinstein allegations, Milano...

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15 October 2017: Make Every Day Girl’s Day

“Educating Girls is key to tackling global poverty” – a Guardian headline from last week’s issue. Frankly, yes, educating girls will eventually empower them. It could possibly be the road to a better life, full of their own skills and choices. And it may even change the world. So far, so theory. There are more than enough campaigns and a lot of media coverage for better girl’s education. But I haven’t come across too much publicity for educating the world about girls. Even if we have well-trained young ladies from Alaska to Zanzibar chasing after their dreams, there are still way too many...

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Letter from the Editor XV

Dear Reader, Over the past week, the world has been celebrating International Day of the Girl, and many groups, activists and celebrities focused on girl projects. The media followed along, so for several days before and after, the public seemed to take a bit more notice of what matters for girls. But it’s important to pay attention every day, every week. For example, how Syrian Girl Scouts still keep on doing what they love, how Indian female students challenge society, how Yazidi girls fled their ISIS punishers and find their way back into life. There is so much that we must not forget, so...

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Letter From the Editor XIV

  Dear Reader, Much of the news over the past two weeks has been beyond the pale. Genocide, refugees, child rape, trafficking, prostitution grooming, and on and on. The stories are even more devastating when you really consider that they are real. Real people, real lives, really happening now. Not just sound bytes, digital images or daily feeds. We are particularly distressed about what is happening with the Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar, and their situation in Bangladesh. Read and share. With strength and hope, Ashley E. Remer Editor Girl News...

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15 September 2017: Is there a Need?

Is there a need? There is a long list of things we shouldn’t need, but they exist. Psychological specialisation on traumatised child soldiers. Homes for underage mothers. Campaigns to eliminate stigmatisation over menstruation symptoms. A maternity wear collection for twelve-year-olds. This list could go on and on. Yet most of these things are day to day business for many people. The maternity wear for young girls is not intended for sale, it’s a wake up call. And the rest should be too. Yes, it’s a good thing we have them, but then again it’s not. No child should be forced to kill, no girl...

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30 August 2017: Cowards All

“If you see something, say something.” This phrase has been plastered all over subways, busses, airports, and other public places around the world since September 11, 2001. We see it so often, we have become numb to it. Because we see things everyday that are outrageous, intolerable, and demanding action, it has become the norm, and most people do nothing. Oh, yeah, we do something—we get out our phones. Not to make a phone call to the police or security or emergency services, but to record. We have become a society of documentarians rather than humanitarians. It fulfills the social...

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