Stories

We work with influencers, non-profits and other organizations to address complex challenges facing young women and girls worldwide.

  • Madina’s Story

    Name

    Madina

    Location

    Afghanistan

    Madina, 19, fled Afghanistan after barely escaping child marriage when she was 11. Now, Madina bravely advocates for girls’ education in Afghanistan and the right to choose if and whom you marry.

  • Maliha, Kashmir

    Name

    Maliha

    Location

    Pakistan

    “Can you imagine your life without the internet? How about your phone? Not being able to call or text anyone? Now imagine if your father, brother or any loved one goes missing. And they are the breadwinners of your home. So not only are you worried about your family missing and not knowing what happened to them, but your livelihood is in danger as well. Next, the women around you are getting raped or are constantly under the threat of rape. Children are also raped and abused. You cannot report it to the police and the army has sealed your city; you cannot report it to them as well. This is what is happening in Kashmir right now and it has been happening for many years but since August 2019, they have a complete lockdown and communication black out! We can help by raising our voices because history tells us that we did make a difference when did that! The Indian government and Army are responsible for this! The rest of the world is quiet.” – Mahila Abidi, Pakistani artist and activist

  • Somayyah’s Story

    Name

    Somayyah

    Location

    Afghanistan (resettled in Clarkston, GA)

  • Sharon’s Story

    Name

    Sharon

    Location

    Uganda

    Sharon lives in a small one-room house with her father in Uganda. Life is difficult for them right now. Her father doesn’t have a job and struggles to provide food for the family. Sometimes Sharon goes to school without eating.

  • Yanal’s Story

    Name

    Yanal

    Location

    Syria

    18-year-old Yanal from Syria has an important message for girls everywhere! Thank you UNFPA for sharing this video with us.

  • Somaya’s Story

    Name

    Somaya

    Somaya was 13 and completing seventh grade when, as she says, “I lost my childhood.” Her father, Aminallah, accepted a $3,300 payment in exchange for marrying her off to a relative’s son. Somaya begged her new husband and in-laws to allow her to return to school, “but they wouldn’t let me.” Instead, she says, they cursed and beat her. Reporting by VOA News. This is the reality for more than 650 million girls around the world.

  • Marah’s Story

    Name

    Marah

    17-year-old Marah is making waves in the West Bank as a race car driver! Thanks CARE for sharing this with us.