ONE Girls and Women: “31 Girls, 31 Days, 31 Hopes for the Future”
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ONE Girls and Women: “31 Girls, 31 Days, 31 Hopes for the Future”

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By Matthew Carter, Intern, ONE U.S. Strategic Relationships team

Every girl has a vision for her future and the world she lives in. In honor of International Day of the Girl, ONE Girls and Women launched “31 Girls in 31 Days” to share these hopes and dreams. It’s been an amazing two weeks, and we’re only halfway through! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of some of the girls we’ve met and their #31hopes.

So far we’ve met 12 girls with hopes for the future! Education, equality, happiness, peace, and fun are just a few of the hopes that these girls have for themselves and for the girls of the world.

Mercy

Mercy Waheto recap

Mercy, 23, Kenya

Q: What is your favorite subject in school and why?

A: In high school, it was mathematics and this is what motivated me to become a web developer. I loved maths because maths is an everyday quiz and is applied in our day-to-day lives.

Q: What’s your superpower?

A: Being a woman gives me the strength to move on in life.

Q: What is your wish for girls of the world?

A: Girls to get education because as we know, when you educate a girl, you educate the whole nation. Education makes a woman to become self reliant.

Tasmin

Tasmin recap

Tasmin, 13, USA

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

A: An author. I like to tell stories and would like to be famous for my writing. Writing stories makes me feel good and I want people to think that my words are really interesting.

Q: What is your wish for girls of the world?

A: I wish that all girls would be treated equally and have education and not have to worry about their health or their safety.

Haifa

Haifa recap

Haifa, 14, Syria, currently living in a Jordan refugee camp

Q: What is your favorite subject in school and why?

A: Science because I feel like it makes me understand the history of life.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

A: I want to be a journalist to be exposed to what is happening in the outside world, and not this world (Azraq refugee camp).

Maddie and Lizzie

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Maddie and Lizzie, 8, UK

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

A: (Maddie) I want to care for other people’s animals, as I love all animals and I am really good with them.

A: (Lizzie) I want to be an artist, as I am happiest when I am doing art.

Q: What is your wish for girls of the world?

A: (Maddie) That all girls can have a good education, lots of fun, some nice friends, and no war

A: (Lizzie) That they can go to school, be really happy with their friends and stay safe. Oh, and they should not have to marry old men.

Lina

Lina, 14, Syria, currently living in a Jordan refugee camp

Lina, 14, Syria, currently living in a Jordan refugee camp

Q: What woman do you look up to and why?

A: Mozoun, she represents all the Syrian girls living in refugee camps. She is also excellent at her studies, and is the perfect example for the educated girls.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

A: I would like to become a doctor and save lives.

Q: What is your wish for girls of the world?

A: Every girl is capable to change the world, and every girl deserves a chance to be sitting on a school desk.

Adelaide

Adalaide recap

Adelaide, 10, USA

Q: What woman do you look up to and why?

A: I look up to my school counselor, Ms. Hart. Because I really want to be a counselor when I grow up. She helps so many kids and never breaks her promises to us.

I also look up to my mom. She is a really good reader. I want to read as much as she does. And I want to be a photographer when I grow up, just like her. I love that my mom tries to do her part in fighting human trafficking. I want to do that, too.

Q: What is your wish for girls of the world?

A: My wish is that girls would be free from human trafficking, and that they would have homes to live in. I want all girls to be able to go to school and be treated as well as I am.

Continue following the #31hopes series on Facebook, Twitter, and the ONE Girls and Women page.

 

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