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we want to hear your story

My Story

THE 2020 GIRL RISING STORYTELLING CHALLENGE

Today, this pandemic is revealing deep-seated racial and gender inequities and the economic, social, and educational impacts will be felt most deeply by people of color, women and girls. Yet, everywhere there are extraordinary young leaders  who are courageously fighting for equity, justice, and a better future.

This is a time to listen and learn from each other so that together we can amplify these changes and help create a world where all people are afforded the same rights, dignity and freedom. Whether you are a teenager in Texas, organizing restorative justice dialogues between local police and students; a team of educators in Guatemala delivering home learning materials to girls in rural areas; a group of young women in Nairobi distributing health and menstrual hygiene supplies to girls who no longer have access to basic needs supplied by their schools —   we want to hear your stories and share them with the world.

How to Enter

Share the story of how you are or someone you know is fighting for human rights, racial equity, gender equity during these challenging times. Girl Rising is looking for diverse stories of young leaders, including how individuals and groups are working to ensure girls’ education and opportunity for girls continues during school lockdowns. All stories will be part of our online compendium. 12 Showcase Stories will be shared at the Girl Rising International Day of the Girl celebration in October 2020. Select stories will be featured on Girl Rising's Social Media channels.

The deadline for entries in My Story: The 2020 Girl Rising Storytelling Challenge is September 1st, 2020. Once you’ve read the full challenge Terms and Conditions, there is a simple process to submit your story. If you are under 18, have your parent or legal guardian sign this consent form and send it to info@girlrising.org.  

We are looking for stories of young leaders, e.g. individuals age 25 or younger or those making an impact for youth. Stories may be submitted by anyone over the age of 14 and can be submitted in different media formats.   

  1. A story about myself - We’re looking for personal stories that demonstrate how you have been working to advance human rights, gender equity, and/or racial justice. This includes advancing girls’ education during school lockdowns as a result of COVID-19.
  2. A story in your community - We’re looking for stories of individuals or groups taking action to advance human rights, gender equity, and/or racial justice. This includes advancing girls’ education during school lockdowns as a result of COVID-19.

Formats accepted:

  • Video/Audio (2 minutes maximum)
  • Essay (250 words maximum)
  • Photos (Up to 3 photos)
  • Artwork ((Up to 3 digital images)

Stories may be submitted from anywhere around the world and in all languages. For stories submitted in a local language, when possible we encourage a translation or English subtitles to be included. This translation will not count towards the word limit.

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