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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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Remember that time Do It In A Dress went viral?

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Last year was a pretty crazy year for One Girl. Do It In A Dress went viral. Seriously viral. And the outcome was groundbreaking not just for us here in Australia, but for our education programs in Sierra Leone and Uganda! A group of students from Craigburn Primary School signed up to take part in Do It In A Dress 2017 as a class. They set their fundraising target at $900, they put on their school dresses, and rallied their school for support! At the same time, Australia was in the middle of a great debate around marriage equality. It…

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The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things

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If you read our blog regularly you’ll know we share lots of stories about the girls we support. We want people to actually know what it means when we say ‘education changes a girl’s life’. And what becomes possible when they get out and Do It In A Dress, make a donation, or pledge their birthday. We want them to know the kind of impact their support is making. But these stories can be a bit one sided. They can make it seem like the impact only flows in one direction. And if you’ve ever supported someone or something you really…

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Educating girls isn’t only the right thing to do, it will make the world richer.

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$15-30 trillion. That is the global cost of not educating girls. It’s a mind-boggling amount of money lost and all for an issue we know we can fix. … The recent World Bank report Missed Opportunities: The High Cost Of Not Educating Girls emphasises what we already know – that denying girls the chance to go to school not only negatively impacts that girl, but has enormous implications for her family, her community, and her entire nation. Children born to mothers younger than 18 are at a higher risk of dying by the age of five and being malnourished. Through…

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