Giving Back & Empowering Girls with Kurandza

Photo credit  Kurandza

Photo credit Kurandza

“Did you know that the majority of girls in the world lack access to primary education? Something that we take for granted everyday is a life-altering privilege for others.”
- From Kurandza Website

We do. We take for granted not only our access to education, but also all the opportunities we have just for being born in a developed country. Clean water, information literally in our hands, and freedom - because women in the United States, despite all the issues we still have to fight against, we do have freedom. We have choice. And we, more than ever, can use our voice.

There are places in some parts of the world where girls are still treated as less than a human for being female. You think you’ve seen sexism? They feel it every single day. And I am not saying we don’t. But their story, their reality, is different. And our privilege is palpable here.

You wanna talk empowerment? How about taking action?

I see a lot of conversation starters all over social media talking about empowerment. It’s a trend. And although bringing up this topic is appreciated and raises awareness, you must also take action. You gotta walk the talk.

I stand for something. #IStandForGirls

I grew up seeing my mother trapped inside an abusive relationship. This made my skin thicker, but also shaped my personality and made me start fighting for equality at a very young age, when the word “feminism” wasn’t even part of my vocabulary yet. My mom didn’t go to college, or to work, because my father wouldn’t let her. She could’ve flown high, but the man she chose to marry, among other things, cut her wings.

You see, I have strong reasons to stand for women empowerment and gender equality. Through the work I do I empower women every single day. But it was time to give back, and I want to invite you to do the same.

There are many ways you can help women and societies to change, besides posting on social. This year, I decided to join Kurandza - an organization that invests in the future of women and girls in Mozambique. Through education, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development programs, women learn to become leaders in their villages, sharing their skills and knowledge with the rest of their community, and creating an opportunity for thousands of people.

I joined #IStandForGirls campaign because access to an education can change the direction of a girl’s life. ~ and because I walk my talk!

Last year, they enrolled 100 girls in school. Their goal for 2018 is to double this number. The campaign is entering the fourth and last week, and so far, they got 84 scholarships. I’m grateful to be able to be sponsoring a girl, but their goal is my goal, so I want to do more.

I’m partnering with Kurandza, and for my next round of The Routine Fix one-on-one 4-week program, where I help women kick the self-sabotage, decrease stress & increase joy, I’ll be donating $100 for each person who signs up. It’s 5 spots, so I’ll be able to give up to $500 back to this cause. If you want to help yourself and give back at the same time, the next round starts Monday October 1st, so you’ll need to take action now - you can learn more about TRF here.

Also, I want to invite you to be part of this. Spread the word about Kurandza and the #IStandForGirls campaign. Sponsor a girl or donate - any amount will be appreciated and go towards the holistic educational program.

Learn more about Kurandza’s projects.
Join this movement & sponsor a girl.

There’s no better way to talk empowerment than taking action.

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Izabelle