Award Nominee: Manisha Mirzoeva

Name: Manisha Mirzoeva

Organisation: NGO Marifatnoki

Awards/Achievements:

(1) Member of Young Leaders Programme

(2) Volunteer at Marifatnoki

(3) Debate tournament award Recipient

Introduction:

I am Manisha Mirzoeva and I’m 12 this year. Being a leader in class, I try to organize interclass competitions every week for every subject that we study. I am also in the YLP program and am working as volunteer in NGO Marifatnoki. I know Tajik, Russian, Uzbek language and am currently trying to learn English. I want to be an ambassador in the future so that I’ll be able to travel to other countries to learn more about different cultures and traditions while promoting mine.

I have organized two projects in remote villages in Rasht district where 80% of the girls don’t have post-secondary school education. My first project was titled ” 40 jobs are few for one girl”. It stationed girls who don’t study to the sewing center where they were provided with 4 sewing machines. They eventually learned how to make dresses and made lots of traditional national dresses. This brought them a lot of benefits. My second project was titled “Involving girls in sport”. I organized games between the girls from the Young Leaders program and those from remote school #60. They were equipped with sport uniforms, balls and sport equipment to play in the volleyball game that was organized. I also helped them form groups that they could play volleyball games with throughout the country.

From the debate competitions that I have engaged in, I learned things such as public speaking, critical thinking, self-confidence and leadership, negotiation, interviewing, creative and research skills. These debates are relevant as it involved themes such as whether mothers should stay at home to take care of their children, to the rights and freedom of girls and whether women should take the main role in the community with respect to Tajikistan.

In the future, I would like to organize short courses to teach girls about human Rights, democracy in countries, volunteerism and leadership skills, getting them more involved in high schools and the use of new technology. I strongly believe that I can change their mindsets and their lives.

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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.