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  • Art as Therapy with WomenStrong DC: Part 2 of 3

    “Art as Therapy” with WomenStrong DC (WSDC) documents the results of a five-week Self-Portrait Silhouette Workshop where the women of WSDC, under the guidance of teaching artists Lana Wong and Sabreena Jeru-Ahmed, used their creative talents to discuss powerful personal issues.

  • #BeBoldforChange: Beldina Opiyo

    WomenStrong International is an organization of bold women, from the brave girls in our Girls’ Clubs in Ghana, Haiti, India, and Kenya, to the women who face challenges each day, as they work to lift themselves out of extreme urban poverty. So the theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is one we can relate to -- #BeBoldforChange. It would be hard to find a bolder, more dedicated, more innovative and passionate group of women than the Project Directors who run WomenStrong programs in our five Consortium member sites. In honor of Women's Day this year, we celebrate these bold women with a series of short profiles. We hope you find their stories as inspiring as we do and that these stories encourage you, too, to #BeBoldforChange.

  • Five Days in Borgne

    Granddaughter of Haitian-American H.O.P.E. Founder Rose-Marie Chierici, Isabella Chierici, or "Bella" for short, wanted to better understand her own Haitian family heritage and what it was like for girls her age in Haiti today. Bella accompanied Rose-Marie on her latest trip to Borgne, Haiti, and spent five days with a warm and welcoming group of Haitian girls, who gave Bella a window into their lives. Reflecting on this rare and intimate experience, Bella authored this poem about the lasting impact this trip had on her.

  • Art as Therapy with WomenStrong DC: Part 1 of 3

    To exercise their creative talents, the ladies of WomenStrong DC took part in a five-week Self-Portrait Silhouette Workshop taught by artists Lana Wong and Sabreena Jeru-Ahmed. The result was art as therapy: powerful, mixed-media self-portraits that provided avenues for the women to deal with personal issues ranging from death and illness to trauma and anger.

  • #BeBoldforChange: Rose-Marie Chierici

    WomenStrong International is an organization of bold women, from the brave girls in our Girls’ Clubs in Ghana, Haiti, India, and Kenya, to the women who face challenges each day, as they work to lift themselves out of extreme urban poverty. So the theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is one we can relate to -- #BeBoldforChange. It would be hard to find a bolder, more dedicated, more innovative and passionate group of women than the Project Directors who run WomenStrong programs in our five Consortium member sites. In honor of Women's Day this year, we celebrate these bold women with a series of short profiles. We hope you find their stories as inspiring as we do and that these stories encourage you, too, to #BeBoldforChange.

  • #BeBoldforChange: Abenaa Akuamoa-Boateng

    WomenStrong International is an organization of bold women, from the brave girls in our Girls’ Clubs in Ghana, Haiti, India, and Kenya, to the women who face challenges each day, as they work to lift themselves out of extreme urban poverty. So the theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is one we can relate to -- #BeBoldforChange. It would be hard to find a bolder, more dedicated, more innovative and passionate group of women than the Project Directors who run WomenStrong programs in our five Consortium member sites. In honor of Women's Day this year, we celebrate these bold women with a series of short profiles. We hope you find their stories as inspiring as we do and that these stories encourage you, too, to #BeBoldforChange.

  • On International Women’s Day, #GirlsCount !

    Every day, 130 million girls around the world are denied the opportunity to go to school and get the education they need to realize their potential and prepare for a better future. Our world cannot afford to lose the talent and brains of half the human race. On International Women's Day, join us in saying #GirlsCount!

  • #GirlsCount in Ghana

    On International Women's Day, WomenStrong joins the ONE campaign in saying #GirlsCount! 130 million girls are out of school every day, but even one girl denied her education and a bright future is one too many. No one understand the challenges of impoverished adolescent girls or the importance of of a good education better than our Consortium Member in Ghana, Women's Health to Wealth (WHW).

  • Safe to Thrive: R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

    Women and girls have a fundamental right to safety. This safety is a precursor to development and growth, in order for girls and women to be able to build more prosperous lives for themselves, their families, their communities and their country. This week's Girls' Leadership Forum post features girls from Kenya and Senegal on the need to be self-expressed and respected.

  • Safe to Thrive: Financial Security

    Women and girls have a fundamental right to safety. This safety is a precursor to development and growth, in order for girls and women to be able to build more prosperous lives for themselves, their families, their communities and their country. This week's Girls' Leadership Forum features women working with Alice Visionary Foundation Project, WomenStrong's Consortium member in Kisumu, Kenya, who speak about the importance of feeling financially secure in order to feel safe.

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