Hi, I'm Sarah
I’ve had the honor of meeting girls from all over the world. Girls who grew up in villages in Ethiopia, refugee camps in Kenya, and cities in Syria and Afghanistan. Girls who were forced to uproot their lives due to war, genocide, and fathers who wanted them to marry before starting their periods. Girls who took an idea and turned it into a thriving business. Girls who are the first in their families to attend university. Girls who are resilient, honest, scared, brave and in love. Girls who have changed me and how I see the world.
Girls who are resilient, honest, scared, brave, and in love.
What I’m asking is that we come together and imagine a world as we hope it someday might be...
...more inclusive, more equal, and more just for every girl.
This is the idea behind More To Her Story. This community and platform is designed to help us discover and unleash our power. Magnify our stories. Amplify our voices. Propel our ideas. Because we know there is no shortage of them.
‘to discover and unleash our power’
So, what matters to you?
This is the place to share it, and I hope you will.
“Our dreams are killed and our voices, no matter how high, remain faint. But if we had the opportunity, we could make the impossible possible.”
Zaad, 21, Syria
Over the last few decades, there has been important progress towards achieving gender equality.
Girls are rising, countries are transforming, and leaders are recognizing the positive impact a girl or young woman can have when she is given the chance to thrive.
While some milestones have been reached, there are still many more to go.
Globally, 12 million girls each year are married before the age of 18. That’s one girl every two seconds.
There are an estimated 132 million girls out of school today. For every hundred boys who continue their education after high school, only 55 girls do the same.
Over 75% of the world’s illiterate population are women and girls.
Globally, girls aged 5–14 spend 550 million hours every day on household chores. That is 160 million more hours than boys their age spend.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) affects more than 200 million girls and women alive today in 30 countries.
In Africa, 1 in 10 girls miss school because of their periods each year. In India, it has been estimated that 1 in 5 girls drop out of school after they get their periods — and in some regions, that number is nearer to 4 in 5. Studies show that 1 in 5 girls in the U.S. frequently skip school due to a lack of access to menstrual products.