Top 3 Reasons Why We Love Sarah Alderson and Why...
#3 It’s a good one. #2 It’s an even better one. #1 It’s the best one yet. Okay, and now for the actual reasons… #3 She left a great-paying job to travel around the world and search for the perfect place to live - all with her husband and two year-old in tow. (She’s got chutzpah! FYI, her destination of choice: Bali!) #2 She sat on beach after beach and in...
girltanker Aarti: Slum Girl Whisperer
Aarti Naik, 24, lives in Mulund West, a suburban slum area of Mumbai, India, and runs SAKHI: Girls’ Education Project, an organization that helps urban slum girls exercise their right to an education. Four years ago, Aarti was a school dropout, living in the slum with no thought to the future. But with the help Ashoka’s Youth Venture program, which helps young people launch their own...
Featured Nominee - Adaku: She's Got Soul
She’s an activist, healer, teacher and performance artist – all rolled up into one. Her site, www.soularbliss.com, wants to calm and nurture the collective spirit. She believes inner healing is crucial for everyone - especially social entrepreneurs who need to clear their inner demons in order to most effectively transform the world. Currently, Adaku is working to bring awareness about LGBT...
Featured Nominee - Yara: It's Not Easy Being Green
Yara started The Green Initiative (www.thegreeninitiative.me/) when she was 16 years-old because she wanted to clean up the Middle East. Well, actually she wanted to raise awareness about climate change in the Middle East, especially in a place like Qatar, which purportedly has the highest emissions of greenhouse gas in the world. Now 19, Yara has managed to do a few actual cleanups, among other...
When she was younger, Esther Odhambo was grabbed by a posse of guys who would have raped her if not for the help of a male passerby. Since then, this 26-year-old has become passionate about stopping gender-based violence. She works with Mathare Youth Talented Organization and Singles Mothers and hopes one day to open her own center as a safe-haven for women and girls.
Jasmeen Patheja heads up Blank Noise, a network throughout India that trains women to not give up their power to men intent on street sexual harassment and violence. Jasmeen proves through Blank Noise that there is power in looking and speaking back and that we don’t have to be afraid after all!
Sapna Shahani, a documentary filmmaker from Bombay who works in Goa, started Women Aloud Videoblogging for Empowerment that gives young women the tools, equipment, and opportunity to create videos about community issues from their unique points of view.
girltankers in action...
(from top to bottom:) more girltankers in action… Isabel (Germany) founded FonduPeru (http://www.fondoperu.org/), a foundation that pays all the school fees for villagers in Chiuchin to go to college in Lima. Cheenee (Philippines) developed Sumilao Corn Coffee (http://www.sumilaofarm.com) to help rural farmers in the Philippines use their surplus crops and make additional...
Inna Hudaya (Jakarta, Indonesia) talks about her decision to start Samsara, a sex health education and abortion counseling organization, after her own traumatic abortion.
We are excited to announce our partnership with MTV Voices for our 10,000 Names in 100 Days campaign! We will be featuring some of the most amazing nominees from the campaign on their blog each week. To submit a blog entry for consideration… RULES: You must be officially entered into the 10,000 Names campaign: http://on.fb.me/10000names. Entries should be 400 words or less. You can...
Hold these concepts to be self-evident…and you, as a female social entrepreneur and innovator, can accomplish anything… Believe that you are capable and strong and that you can contribute powerfully to this planet. Understand that your connections with other women make you stronger. Link hands with the women around you. Infuse your work with enthusiasm and joy. In other words, lead with your...
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.– Aristotle
Featured 10,000 Names Nomination - Nigeria!
Adepeju Mabadeje, a Nigerian lawyer, founded the Brown Button Foundation (http://www.brownbuttonfoundation.org) to help curb high mortality rates and promote women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Nigeria. We’ll feature a new nominee each week. Stay tuned for more!
(From the top:) Meet a few of the faces of girltank. Allie who supports NGOs in Cambodia with The Pari Project; Emmie who teaches girls sex education in the Korogocho slum in Nairobi with Miss Koch Kenya; Tieza who runs ChangeLab, a social enterprise that supports farmers in the Philippines in getting their products to market; And Lamia who fights against discrimination and...
our hopes for young women everywhere!
We founded girltank because we believe in the power and beauty and magnificence of young women around the globe. We hope that your face lights up… …with laughter and recognition as you read stories of some of the incredible young women featured in our blog. We hope you think of these innovators and changemakers as sources of inspiration and potential supporters of your own visions,...