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The Girl Effect

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 by Marianne Elliott

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Remember Faezeh?

Faezeh is a young Afghan woman who worked with me as my Human Rights Assistant and is one of the brightest, most capable young women I’ve ever met.

Her dream is to be the Secretary General of the United Nations and to use that position to really make a difference for women and children who experience poverty, oppression and violence all around the world.

Last year many of you helped me raise the money Faezeh needed to take up a scholarship at a University in the US.

Now she’s studying politics and law, and I look forward to following her progress towards being the first female Secretary General of the UN.

I have no way of knowing the exact impact Faezeh may have on the lives of other young women and girls. But I know that she now has the opportunity to make choices that will improve the lives of her own family, at the very least.

This is what is called The Girl Effect.

The Girl Effect: Invest in a girl and she will do the rest.

That’s exactly what we did with Faezeh.
And it’s something I think we can all do more of.

To find out more, visit The Girl Effect website –

Read some of the other special Girl Effect blog posts being shared today as part of a special The Girl Effect blog campaign put together by the fabulous Tara Sophia Mohr

Take action

  • Write about The Girl Effect at your blog this week, in time for International Children’s Day on November 20. Add your link to the Gift Effect blog campaign page
  • Spread the word by tweeting about this blogging campaign, and use the hashtag #girleffect.
  • Donate to The Girl Effect
  • Keep an eye out here for updates and more opportunities to support Faezeh on her journey to the top of the UN…

It’s no big deal. Just the future of humanity!


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17 Responses to "The Girl Effect"

  1. grace says:

    What a great campaign and such an effective video, I will definitely be joining the effort through twitter and my blog, thanks for sharing the link and Faezeh’s story – always such an inspiring read!

  2. Hi Marianne!

    Fellow Girl Effect blogger here. Love that you raised the money with friends and gave it directly to Faezah. Great way to do it!

    She’ll make a difference in the world for sure.

    Thx, Giulietta

  3. Jasmine Lamb says:

    Oh my, tears are streaming down my cheeks. I’m profoundly moved by the video of Faezah and by The Girl Effect campaign. Thanks for this, Marianne.

    I know, as a woman, the power of what women can do to support our families, communities, and earth. And I also know what a girl can be when she is given the love, listening, and real support she needs to live and become.

    I’m heading back to my blog to shout it out!

  4. Jasmine Lamb says:

    I just dragged my mom in hear to watch these videos and she cried harder than me! She is a graphic designer and good designer paired with brilliant world changing ideas makes her weepy…

  5. in our dreams, in our freedom, we girls can do incredible things.

  6. Abbie says:

    I love that video – thank you for posting this 🙂 I will definitely share 🙂

  7. Andi says:

    Soooo inspiring!!! Definitely believe in the Girl Effect.

  8. Akhila says:

    Marianne, the video of Faezeh is so absolutely inspiring and it’s amazing that you were able to raise the money to send her to university. That is absolutely amazing and I hope she is able to achieve her dreams. Really shows the impact one woman can make to her community, and the world.

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  10. Carol says:

    I’m really interested in exploring this further Marianne! It’s incredibly important. But out of interest, while funding would provide the sources for pursuing an education, how is the cultural aspect/conflict reconciled? In the sense that a particular culture (or maybe just that particular childs family dynamics) may demand that the young girl marry and have children by a certain age, how does one seek to reconcile the desire to educate young girls with the demands that are placed upon her by external factors?

    Hope that makes sense, I’m aware that I may not be wording myself very well.

  11. Julie Daley says:

    A beautiful post, that is profoundly moving and immensely practical.

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