#WCW: Girls Supporting Girls
She's the First is a non-profit organization that fights gender inequality through education and supports girls who will become the first in their families to graduate and trains students everywhere to be global citizens. Recently, we met two of their students, Esther and Dorcus and they quickly became our #WomanCrushWednesday, or in this case, our #GirlCrushes.
Many girls in developing nations are forced to miss school due to their menstrual cycles and Esther, 11, and Dorcus, 14, wanted to do something to change this! Esther and Dorcus attend Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda and are the first girls in their families to go to secondary school. With the goal of helping girls go to school, even during their menstrual cycle, they've organized sewing workshops in their communities to help women and girls make inexpensive, reusable sanitary pads.
How did you come up with this idea?
We came up with the idea of creating reusable pads because most girls don't go to school every day due to their menstrual cycle. We had the idea and spoke with our teacher and headmaster to start these workshops so that girls can always go to school.
How many workshops have you held so far?
We've hosted three workshops so far, but plan on hosting more. Plus, since it is easy to learn, the girls we teach go into their communities and host their own workshops and teach their mothers and other little girls on how to make cheap pads.
What do you like to do when you're not in school?
"I like playing soccer, netball and playing with my little brother" -Esther
"I like playing netball and reading Harry Potter." -Dorcus
Why do you want to be a leader?
"I want to be a leader because I want to see a change in my community. It also gives me a chance to speak out my mind on things which are not right." -Esther
"I want to be a leader because I want to empower fellow girls with skills." -Dorcus
What would you like to do in the future?
"I want to be a nurse and the leader of an organization that helps support girls education" -Dorcus
"I want to be a doctor!" -Esther
Want to find out how to help? Consider donating to She's the First or provide a scholarship to cover her tuition and invest in her education.