Future Entrepreneurs: Empower Girls & Women

12 Oct Future Entrepreneurs: Empower Girls & Women

“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights” ~United Nations Resolution 66/170

 

I am doing final edits on this piece on #DayoftheGirl. I am aligning today with @OneCampaign (https://twitter.com/onecampaign ) and we’re proud to partner w/ @TheGlobalGoals for quality education!
I am sharing the new #FreedomForGirls film + taking action → http://www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl
In 2011, as the result of youth advocacy around the world, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.
Day of the Girl-US is the United States branch of this global movement. We are a 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights. Our work to dismantle the patriarchy and fight for social justice is rooted in girl-led activism across the country, using October 11th as a day of national action.

 

October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement.
A worldwide revolution.

 

We want ourselves, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes. I support this by bringing this movement and wish to The Wishwall, on this Day of the Girl and beyond.
I have volunteered with the ONE Campaign for 5 years, and speak about the important education played in my upbringing in my first book, Secrets to Shine through the Noise (dedicated to my mother who made education a priority).

 

I love men. My support of women does not diminish this. I went to an all-girl high school in St. Paul, MN that gave me insight into women supporting young women. My experiences with those teachers and friends have made me a better writer and dreamer. It taught me to have vision of my future and goals at fifteen. I have lofty goals in novel and films with my thriller series, so I am still fulfilling them. 
She persisted…

 

As we are on the subject of empowerment, more women are coming forward about their experiences on decades of inappropriate conduct from Harvey Weinstein, from aggressive overtures to sexual assault. Believe them. I work in independent film and I lived in LA, and I have been through uncomfortable “casting couch” scenarios as an actor. Mentioning these scenarios used to evoke an eye roll…some type of acceptance that this was part of the culture. I am grateful that women are coming forward with their stories, and that we are now in a community that will listen. We support you and believe you.

 

Thank you for reading and for your emails. We welcome your comments below.

 

Cheers and fair winds,
Akasha Garnier
Akasha Garnier for The Wishwall
Author, Brand Expert, Filmmaker
http://www.akashagarnier.com
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11 Comments
  • Tiffany
    Posted at 19:05h, 12 October Reply

    Always glad to carry the torch for empowering girls + women. Thanks for another inspiring blog, Akasha!

  • Deidre Friday
    Posted at 01:42h, 13 October Reply

    Dear Akasha, Thank you for being an inspiration!! You have inspired me from your comments on my wish. I am deeply more inspired by reading your blog: FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS: EMPOWER GIRLS & WOMEN. THE FILM #FreedomForGirls — IS SUPER POWERFUL!!! THIS IS TRULY AN EMPOWERING GLOBAL MOVEMENT!!

  • Catherine Matt
    Posted at 13:57h, 14 October Reply

    Your support for the October 11 event was a great decision, keep it up. When every girl realizes the value they possess, they would easily achieve more and make this world a better place.

  • Vicky
    Posted at 14:09h, 14 October Reply

    The required investment and empowerment of the girl would greatly bring a drastic change to the turn of things in this present world. If only all the girls can realize the innate potentials that they posses.

  • Daniel Lucas
    Posted at 14:12h, 14 October Reply

    Great work once again Akasha, this post needs to be shared by everyone who supports the empowerment of the girl child. I need bookmark this page also, it is worth reading again and again.

  • Kevin Ronald
    Posted at 14:13h, 14 October Reply

    When activist come together to advance the rights of the girl child, then the impact would be tremendous, sometimes we need to relax on the clamor in the political space and talk about the girl child. Nice read!

  • Gemma
    Posted at 14:14h, 14 October Reply

    I just stumbled upon your post while engaging in some other activities online, and I must say that you are making a whole lot of sense. We need the girl child who would dream of becoming the next president of the United States.

  • Akasha Garnier
    Posted at 19:23h, 16 October Reply

    Thanks so much for reading and for your comments! This was a big week to empower girls and women, and to share this on #DayoftheGirl and beyond. I also supported everyone who posted on Twitter with #Metoo after sexual harassment and assault revelations have come out all week. We believe you. And you are stronger for sharing your story.

  • Coolbrannyqueen
    Posted at 14:51h, 20 October Reply

    wow! This is really a great work dear, I’m so happy to be inspired by all your blog post. It’s inspiring to girls looking forward to becoming a greater person.

  • Shean Martins
    Posted at 15:14h, 20 October Reply

    this is a really insightful article,I want to say that even though i don’t know you i’m so proud of how far you come! reading your post is very inspirational.

  • gilbert44
    Posted at 15:17h, 20 October Reply

    Thanks Akasha, your articles are always inspiring. I have learned a lot from you.

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