Nominated Asian Girl Ambassador 2014: Meng-Hui Lin (1st Asian Community Development Award Winner)

Taiwan_GOH_Meng-Hui_PhotoName: Meng-Hui Lin

Organization: The Garden of Hope Foundation

Awards/Achievements:

(1) Member of the Municipal Youth Advisory Panel of Taichung City

(2) The Daughters of Formosa Award in Community Development

(3) Forming a teenage girls team with the Gender Advocacy Specialist of GOH Taichung

Introduction:

I’m a girl with big dreams on serving the community. Paying a lot of attention to current affairs in the society, I want to do my part to make a difference.

At the Formosa Daughters’ Festival last year, I was invited by GOH to give a presentation in my school to share my experiences as a volunteer and long-time participant in public affairs. I truly believe that girls can change the world! If we believe we can accomplish something, we should try our best and do it step by step. We girls can really make a difference.

I’m currently in the process of forming a teenage girls team with the Gender Advocacy Specialist of GOH, Taichung branch. The team will consist of an excellent entourage of teenage girls who pay close attention to topics related to women. They will assess the policies and developments in our city and determine which of them are detrimental to teenage girls as well how to improve them, making Taichung a girl-friendly city. If I win this award, I believe I can encourage more girls to take actions and chase their dreams for a better future.

Having experience from being a member of Municipal Youth Advisory Panel of Taichung City, I know how to deal with different departments and propose ideas effectively. Connections and confidence gained from my vast experience in volunteer work and leading activities for teenage girls would definitely be of great help in my quest to make Taichung a teenage girl friendly city.

If I win the award, I will continue putting my efforts into leading the teenage girls team. I hope I can form a team like this in every city in Taiwan. We can communicate with each other, study and understand common and unique women-related policies so that every city will have corresponding improvement in policies and development unique to their city. The ultimate aim being: Making Taiwan a girl-friendly country. In the future, I hope that teams can be set up in other countries that take part in Asian Girl Campaign so that the situation of women in Asia can be improved as a whole.

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Nominated Asian Girl Ambassador 2014: Rashmi Lamsal

Name: Rashmi Lamsal

Organization: Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal

Awards/ Achievements: (1) Youth Activist Against Female Foeticide (2) Participant in Debate and Essay Competitions for Gender Equality, Women Empowerment, Child Abuse, and Rape (3) Participant in “Say No to Girl Child Abortion” Rally (4) Participant in the “Fight Back” Rally on Self-Defense for Girls

Introduction:

I am a sixteen year old student studying in the twelfth grade, who is an active member of the Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal Organization. Through this organization, I have participated in rallies like “Say No to Girl Child Abortion” and various workshops to empower girls in our society. I have participated in various debate and essay competitions concerning gender equality, the empowerment of women, child abuse, and various rape cases. I have also participated in workshops that discuss major issues of Nepali society that concern empowerment of girls who do not realize they are being discriminated against.

Through the Asian Girl Campaign, I would be able to further empower Nepali girls in hopes to bring an end to gender violence and discrimination. Whether I am awarded the award or not, it is my passion to raise the voice of girls against gender abuse. I have a lot of experience and leadership ability gained during leading and being involved in workshops that will help me make this issue known to a wider audience throughout my life.

I have also learned self-defense through the workshop “Fight Back.” This event taught girls techniques to escape dangerous situations that could lead to rape. Afterwards, I taught these same techniques to my family and friends. In addition, I have been a member of the youth advisory board’s “My Right, My Voice” Campaign, which calls for better health facilities for girls in remote regions.

Nominated Asian Girl Ambassador 2014: Kimleang Chhonran

Name: Kimleang Chhonran

Organization: Cambodia’s Sports and Leadership Training Academy (SALT)

Awards/ Achievements: (1) Soccer Player through Mighty Girls (2) Girls Football Coach (3) English Teacher through SALT (4) Mighty Girls Festival Leader (5) Life Skills Teacher (6) Strong Advocate for Girls’ Equal Rights in Sports and Education

Introduction:

I have been playing football and volunteering through SALT Academy for the past three years, since I was thirteen years old. I coach girls’ football teams as well as teach English to many of the girls that are unable to attend school because of the poverty of their families. I weekly teach two football teams, each team two times per week, and practice five times per week. I have also been a part of the Mighty Girls football festivals throughout my community, where we teach life skills, such as human hygiene and ways to combat human trafficking, as well as lessons concerning goal setting. When Cambodia celebrates holidays for women, we teach specific classes geared towards girls’ issues. Many of these events are far in the country, so we have the opportunity to invite the girls to play football and attend school at SALT Academy if they do not have the chance otherwise.

Through the Asian Girl Campaign, I would be able to show many in my country that girls can travel abroad and succeed in education and sports. I also want to spread awareness of trafficking for work and early marriage in Cambodia. I want to be a strong role model for other girls, showing them they have rights and can still study without early marriages. Girls have just as much of a right to have a successful career as men.

Since I am an experienced football coach, I am good at communicating new skills and leading others. I have experience teaching at our football festivals on issues such as self-defense, personal hygiene, girls’ rights, drug abuse prevention, and HIV/AIDS awareness.

Before SALT Academy began, most girls did not play football in Cambodia, or even know what it was for that matter. People assumed that boys were the ones who played sports and could continue in school. Little by little, I am proud to say this is changing in Cambodia.


Hear Kimleang talk about issues affecting Cambodian girls and how she’s making a difference through her life’s example: http://english.rti.org.tw/whatsOn/?recordId=7302 (To listen to the radio program, click the headphones icon beside her name “Kimleang Chhonran”.)

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Kimleang learns to play drum with Madagascar Women

Kimleang learns to play drum with Madagascar Women

Kimleang winning an Award

Kimleang winning an Award

Kimleang at an Aid Event

Kimleang at an Aid Event