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Five ways being a One Girl Ambassador can tackle climate change!

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A word from Maiysha Moin, previous One Girl Ambassador and climate activist. The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. It’s funny how some quotes plant themselves in the back of your mind and a couple of years later, sprout into seedlings. Sarah Ban Breathnach’s famous quote was one I actually found whilst learning to become a One Girl Ambassador back in 2017. Fast forward two years, and here I am, a young environmental activist making my dream of a clean energy future a reality. Hey there legend, I’m Maiysha,…

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Move over Madonna – there’s a new mononym in town. And she goes by the name of Malala.

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In December last year, I sat in a packed out convention centre in Melbourne waiting to hear some inspiring words from one of my personal heroes. It wasn’t Beyoncé, it wasn’t Madonna or Cher – it was a new iconic mononymous name. It was Malala. It’s impossible to know how many times her name will be written today as the world celebrates the achievements of one of the most extraordinary young women of our time. Her grace, resilience, and wisdom have inspired millions and it goes without saying that for the One Girl community, she’s a hero. Today is not…

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This legend is living the change he wants to see!

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We all have the same amount of time each day. But there are people out there who use their allocation so effectively that they leave us mere mortals gobsmacked. Like Elijah Buol. He’s built an extraordinary life – and he was one of our incredible One Girl Ambassadors in 2018! When Elijah arrived Australia, he was just 17 years old and completely on his own. As one of nearly a million children displaced by conflict in South Sudan, he’d lost both parents at 9 years old and spent several years in a refugee camp. But today — four university degrees…

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Fitting the mould, breaking the mould, and making it home in time for dinner

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Reflections of a young, female CEO’s first year in a job traditionally held by men and seemingly dominated by ambition. Our CEO, Sarah Ireland, was recently named one of ProBono Australia’s IMPACT 25 most influential people in the Australian social sector. Look smart, sound impressive, be one of the boys and kiss your life goodbye. This was what went through my mind when I thought about what being a CEO would look like. Apart from the fact that it didn’t seem like much fun OR something I felt even remotely qualified to do – it definitely was NOT the kind…

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Talking about periods is changing lives

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You know what would be bloody great to talk about on International Women’s Day? Periods! And not just because a film about menstruation won an Oscar this year (check out ‘Period. End of sentence.’)! In our new report, women and girls in Sierra Leone have described how things have improved, how attitudes have changed and how much more power they feel – all because the big red has come out from behind the veil of secrecy and shame. Chances are, the first time a girl in Sierra Leone gets her period, she won’t have any idea what’s happening. Periods are…

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Hope In Three Generations

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How educating girls is good for the planet. Asha Kayla deserves a special introduction as a One Girl supporter and girls’ education advocate! Asha is a Sustainability and Responsible Business expert and an active member of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Sustainable Development Goals working group. She’s passionate about girls’ education and being a sustainability expert, you’ll soon see why … It seems an unlikely coupling, girls’ education and climate change solutions, but the Drawdown project showed that educating girls is one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding damaging climate emissions. There are many, many, reasons…

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Talking with Jane Caro about how girls are outstripping boys in the classroom!

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In September last year, Jane Caro — a strong advocate for public education in Australia — donated to Do It In A Dress during the frenzy surrounding Craigburn Primary School’s fundraising. Now that we’re getting ready to wrap up the biggest month of the year for Do It In A Dress 2018, our CEO Sarah had a chat with Jane about the barriers girls face to education not just in Sierra Leone, but right here at home. Jane tells us, “In Australia it’s really interesting, I don’t think that education is our issue because I know that, for example, girls…

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International Day Of The Girl: Who are you calling vulnerable?

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Our Scholarship program was our very first education program in Sierra Leone and it’s probably the one you associate most with One Girl. It was Brenda’s story — our very first One Girl Scholar — that sparked the creation of One Girl! Since then, we’ve been committed to making sure that all our programs are having the biggest and most effective impact for girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda. So much so, that we recently had an independent evaluator travel to Sierra Leone to review of our Scholarships program.

We wanted this evaluator to take a good, in-depth look into our…

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