What We Do

Inspiring Girls International is an organisation dedicated to raising the aspirations of young girls around the world by connecting them with female role models.

Our goals are:

  • Exposing young girls (10-15 years old) to the full variety of careers and options in life; and
  • Inspiring them to aim high
Inspiring Girls - What we do

How does the campaign work?

We connect female role models and young girls around the world.

Face to face sessions between girls and women:

Face to face sessions between girls and women:

  • By volunteers going to schools to talk to a group of girls for one hour about their life, career, ups and downs, choices and experiences in the work place and in life.
  • By organising 'speed-dating' style events, with lots of women rotating around tables with groups of girls for quick talks and multiple Q&As.
Virtual sessions between the girls and the volunteers

Virtual sessions between the girls and the volunteers:

  • Live online sessions, accessed through their schools and with a teacher present. This will enable girls in regions or countries without access to women in a particular field of work to contact role models in other areas using technological means.
  • Developing a digital library where the girls can find recorded interviews of the volunteers.

How do we connect the volunteers with the girls?

How do we connect the volunteers with the girls?

National organisations in each country register the volunteers in a database, and then schools can view the profiles of those volunteers.

Schools can then send invitations to women registered as volunteers to come and speak to their students, either in person or virtually. Volunteers are asked to make a small introduction about their life and work and then girls ask as many questions as they want. Both schools and volunteers must agree to accept our terms regarding data protection and, for safety reasons, all sessions (whether in person or virtual) must take place within the school, with a teacher present.

All that we ask from each volunteer is one hour per year – everybody can do it!

Our strategy

Our strategy

Our goal is for every country to implement the campaign locally: local women talking to local girls about the issues of concern in each country.

We believe that the real change for girls will come through the women who live in each country, and know the issues affecting the girls there.

Thus, Inspiring Girls International is expanding by launching in new countries. Each group is self-reliant, but with free access to the resources, expertise and contacts of the Inspiring Girls headquarters (in London).

They are also part of a strong network, linking all the countries where the campaign is set-up and benefiting from each other’s experiences.

What are the values of Inspiring Girls International?

Global coverage

it is an international organisation that operates in any countries interested in implementing the campaign nationally.

Decentralised and unpatronising

Inspiring Girls International coordinates efforts in all countries that undertake the Inspiring Girls campaign and provide global leadership. However, the implementation of the campaign in each country is led by national organisations and female role models in each country, as they are the ones that know best the specificity of challenges that the girls in each of those countries face.

Simplicity

we ask volunteers to give just 1h/per year to talk to young girls at school. Further commitment will be welcomed but not required.

Free exchange of technology and know-how

we share the technology to connect female role models and girls as well as our know-how with any countries interested in implementing Inspiring Girls at no cost in order to maximise the impact of the campaign in every country.

Diversity

we do not aim to impose any specific role models on girls, but just to expose the full variety of role models to them, from CEOs to apprentices, professional women and stay at home mums, working full time, part time, on a temporary basis... women from all walks of life.

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The facts behind Inspiring Girls International

Gender stereotypes are, regretfully, still a reality in our society. They are constraining the aspirations of young girls all over the world, limiting their choices from a very early age.

Moreover, residual sexism still applies to women and girls of all ages. They are subject to labels at the work place and in society. While this might be just background noise for women of a certain age, it is the background noise against which girls are being brought up. It therefore limits their dreams and aspirations.

Recent surveys in the UK show that by the age of 6 years old, children start looking at jobs as female and male, and that by 13 they have already discarded some jobs based on gender stereotypes. The situation in many other countries (both developed and developing ones) is very similar.

Here are just a handful of statistics:

Women are underrepresented in STEM subjects.

Only 29% of the world’s researchers are women.

(UNESCO, 2014)

6 in 10 girls stop doing what they love because they feel bad about their looks.

(Girlguiding, 2012)

Globally, women are over-represented in clerical and support positions (63%) and in service and sales roles (55%) compared to managerial occupations (33%).

Between 2000 and 2010 women’s share in male-dominated occupations declined

by 2 points.

(UN, 2015)

Less than 4% of CEOs in the world’s largest 500 corporations are women.

(UN, 2015)

Over 55% of girls aged 11-21 years old in the UK think that they don’t have access to female role models.

(Girlguiding, 2012)

While Governments in every country need to continue being encouraged to take further actions to contribute to change the situation above, we believe that the real change will come from society itself, both men and women, willing to speak up and lead by example through initiatives such as Inspiring Girls International.