Adolescent Girls Advisory Council
Young people—and particularly adolescent girls—are driving today’s gender justice movements and building a more just and equitable world for all. In recognition of this reality and in line with our commitment to intergenerational feminism, Global Fund for Women is thrilled to present our 2023 Adolescent Girls Advisory Council.
The Council, made up of 12 girls from 12 different countries around the globe, is driving key strategic decisions across our organization including how to redistribute funds and other resources through our Adolescent Girls’ Rights program. The girls were selected through an open-call process to identify adolescent girl leaders across the world.
Meet the 12 activists who will play key roles in our grantmaking, strategic planning, and more during their two years on the Adolescent Girls Advisory Council. They already run girl-focused clubs, work with feminist groups and children’s rights organizations, and serve as youth advisors. Keep an eye on what they do next as #GirlsBreakingBarriers.
Meet our Adolescent Girls
Hobbies: I like to roller-skate and dance.
My vision for the world’s girls is that they are empowered and have the means to drive change and create valuable impact for their communities.
Hobbies: I like to sing, read, and dance.
My vision for the world’s girls is a world where gender is a characteristic, not a limitation.
Hobbies: I like to write and go thrifting.
One reason I am excited to participate in the Adolescent Girls Advisory Council is to fund grassroots feminist movements, especially those impacted by the digital divide, in rural areas, and/or from historically marginalized communities.
Hobbies: I like to sing and I try to volunteer.
One reason I am excited to participate in the Adolescent Girls Advisory Council is because I feel like this opportunity is going to inspire and give me a platform to raise my voice for the right purpose, to the right ears.
KATERYNA, aka OWLET
Hobbies: I like to study chemistry and write stories.
One reason I am excited to participate in the Adolescent Girls Advisory Council is the opportunity to share the unique experience of one's country and region.
Hobbies: I like to take charge of my entrepreneurship @safety.4you, and I love to read Angelica Palma and Virginia Woolf novels.
My vision for the world’s girls is a society that provides them with equal opportunities and freedom of expression.
Hobbies: In my spare time, you will probably find me stargazing and hiking through the woods.
My vision for the world's girls is intersectional, rooted in radical feminist theory that emphasizes the interlocking systems of oppression and the importance of inclusivity.
Hobbies: I find great pleasure in immersing myself in the world of books. I also like to engage in debates; it challenges me to think critically, consider different points of view, and engage in respectful dialogue.
One reason I am excited to participate in the Adolescent Girls Advisory Council is to use my voice in the fight against inequality, to advocate for freedom, and simply make a change that will last beyond my lifetime.
OUMAIMA, aka MIMI
Hobbies: I like to learn new languages and to cook.
My vision for the world’s girls is a world devoid of fear, a world in which we can fly freely without the need for constant thinking and worrying, a world where an ambitious girl can achieve what she seeks if she works on it.
TEODORA, aka TEDDY
Hobbies: I like to read and write. This inspired me to write my own book.
My vision for the world’s girls is a world where women and young girls of low- income families can access menstrual products in schools and supermarkets everywhere.
Hobbies: I love debating, reading, and volunteering.
My vision for the world's girls is to empower girls to take up space and mark their names down in history books!
VALENTINA, aka VALE
Hobbies: I love playing volleyball and experimenting with clay and porcelain modeling.
I dream of a world where sexism, lack of access to opportunity and privilege, as well as violence and other challenges, do not prevent any girl from reaching her full potential.
And many thanks to the first cohort of the Adolescent Girls Advisory Council:
- Agimaa, Mongolia
- Aweqawe, South Africa
- Besma, Algeria
- Fatima, Gambia
- Giovanna, Brazil
- Jenny, Tanzania
- Liz, Cameroon
- Marla, Mexico
- Marwa, Afghanistan
- Polina, Ukraine
- Rajasi, Nepal
- Yande, Zambia