EMAGAZINE: The Global Girl Tipping Point

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EMAGAZINE: The Global Girl Tipping Point          JULY 2013

In October 2012, the Taliban attempted to assassinate 15-year-old Pakistani girls education activist Malala Yousafzai. In response, the world rallied to fight for the rights of girls everywhere to attend school. As we celebrate Malala’s 16th birthday, we bring you stories from our Girls Transform the World Campaign, where we crowd-sourced the voices of women and men championing girls’ rights. Malala proved that one brave voice can change the world—but she is not alone. Read the stories and solutions from grassroots leaders who join her in the struggle to empower girls across the world.

FOUNDER’S PULSE: The Global Girl Tipping Point

“Behind the statistics, girls worldwide are using digital media to speak their minds and bare their souls. The force of their voices are staggering – the reality of their untapped potential for global leadership impossible to ignore.”

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10 Ways to Transform the World for Girls Everywhere

Women across the globe know what girls need to succeed and become leaders. We’ve crowd sourced solutions for girls’ access to education and opportunity.

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Women to Watch: 4 Girls’ Empowerment Champions

Meet four World Pulse community members who are changing the world, one girl at a time.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Kenya’s Kibera School for Girls

Photographer Hilary Duff puts her lens on Kibera’s first free school for girls.

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Hear from women across the world! Our Girls Transform the World Campaign crowd sourced over 350 stories about girls access to education from women, girls, and their male allies in 60 countries. Click on the map to see all submissions.


We delivered community voices to the 2013 G(irls)20 Summit Delegates to inform their discussions and conversations on policy priorities for girls. These stories were taken into consideration by the G(irls)20 when making theirrecommendations to the G20 leaders!


Download the Girls Transform the World Campaign Advocacy Package which articulates and drives advocacy efforts for girls’ education.

Girls Transform the World: 5 Stories, 5 Countries

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, girls face daunting and diverse challenges to education and opportunity. But across geographies, we saw the same fire burning in women who have fought for their own education and who struggle to bestow a better future for the next generation.

AFGHANISTAN: The Cost of My Freedom

When Zahra Saifey went off to university, she knew she would gain knowledge. She didn’t know she would shed the security blanket of her restrictive background to claim her autonomy and radically alter her worldview.

“Before going to university, I was blind. I could not see the world as it is.”

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SUDAN: “Agri Yumma, Agri!”

The strength of Anab Mohamed’s forward thinking female relatives inspired her to make the most of her education. Now she carries that legacy forward through her own outspoken advocacy for girls in her community.

“When women become aware of the value of education, they become powerhouses inspiring others to seek schooling despite overwhelming challenges.”

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TONGA: It’s Time for Girls to Stop Taking a Backseat

After enduring limitations from society on the sole basis of her gender, Ana Ake is acutely aware that the future of her small island nation will depend on men and women rising together.

“We must see men as our allies, our partners through thick and thin.

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NEPAL: Pen and Poltergeist

Haunted by girls who have been silenced by poverty, early marriage, and pregnancy, Sangita Thapa  wields her own power of expression to channel their yearnings.

“It’s a battle for emancipation that each one of us must fight in solidarity with those who can’t fight for themselves.”

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ZIMBABWE: Little Light, Lighting Big Torches

For Pelamutunzi, being a girl meant ridicule, adversity, and fear. Today, empowered by her hard-won education, she is advancing a new definition of girlhood in Zimbabwe.

“Challenges threatened me at every corner, and I would have given up if my mother had not insisted that education came first, no matter what.”

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