As part of my work with Save the Children I attended their campaign launch last night for #givegirlspower, another powerful force joining the global family planning campaign, which is spearheaded by Gates Foundation #nocontroversy campaign.
There was an eclectic group of influential women; journalists, online journalists, writers, bloggers and vloggers at the event and as the evening drew to a close we talked about how we could help Save the Children make a difference. We decided a 10 minute power-tweeting session would get us the awareness we all want for this issue by getting it to trend on twitter and converting tweets into petition signatures. I hope it’s effective and I invite you to join, using the #givegirlspower tag tomorrow.
So what is it?
Girls as young as 10 are being forced into early marriages and bearing children which endangers both lives. It’s a silent crisis that has been going on for way too long, but tomorrow, that could all change.
And when is it?
World leaders will assemble for a meeting in London hosted by David Cameron tomorrow and to get cut through on twitter I’m hoping several communities are going to tweet between 11 and 11.10am to get this trending.
So why are we worrying?
The aim is global awareness and getting people to sign up to a petition.
If you want to tweet, please use the #givegirlspower hashtag to help things along.
And here’s a bit more context:
The event last night is summed up well on this blog post by Dorky Mum – Guardian writer Zoe Williams also attended as she has recently been to Nepal – and these two amazing women with a story to tell; 17-year-old Ethiopian girl Aselefe who had travelled in from Addis Abbaba to tell the story of how she became a campaigner for family planning education and her interpreter Bethel, who spoke on her behalf. Aselefe was not just brave, she was very proud to be in UK. Her drive comes from a difficult place, her best friend is missing after being raped and disowned by her community. Understandably, Aselefe is upset but she has something very big to say and it’s brought her on to an international stage.
If you want to get involved and share the message. If you blog, here is some info which Save the Children has created:
The hash tag again, is #givegirlspower
They’re looking for bloggers, vloggers and twitter supremos to lend their voice to the campaign and help give girls the power to control their own lives and bodies.
And here’s the rest of the story they want to tell…
David Cameron is hosting a family planning summit on Wednesday 11 July. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help girls and women make decisions over when and whether to have babies. And we want him to lead the summit to take action on empowerment, sex education and health care as well as providing more contraceptives. Find out more about our campaign.
How you can help
We know that bloggers have a huge impact on our campaigns. This time last year, with the help of the blogging community, we successfully campaigned to get a commitment to funding for vaccines. That commitment saved 4 million lives in 4 hours. You can read more about it on Christine Mosler’s blog.
Helping us to spread the word about our campaign can be as easy as tweeting, or sharing a link on Facebook. Our hashtag is #givegirlspower.
If you want to write a blog post about it, even better! There’s a kit below with some key facts and links to our petition, photos, video footage, a digital game and a film.
And, if you need any more material do get in touch via @savechildrenuk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to our petition:
Photos and case studies you can download: Gorma, a girl from Liberia who became pregnant at 12; Madeline, a 41-year-old woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo who’s given birth to ten children, but sadly only seen eight survive. Please credit the photos to Save the Children.
Raw video footage to use for vlogs (in MP4 format):
Embed our game, where you can step into the shoes of a 16-year-old girl faced with some tough choices:
Link to, or embed, our film ‘I Remember My First Time’ which ponders the difference between life in the UK and life for more than 200 million women around the world who go without access to contraception: