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.

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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Zephaniah Free Education

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Zephaniah Free Education has been improving the status of women in rural Pakistan through Education and Empowerment for 17 years.

It was founded by Sister Zeph when she was just a 13 year old girl. At this age she had to leave her school in grade seventh, because her teacher humiliated her for being sitting on the teacher’s chair one day.

From then she decided that she will never go to that school again but will make her own school where there will respect for the students. So she started teaching with another girl in the open air at her home’s courtyard on August 1, 1997.

Later when she started teaching more girls she came to notice that girls’ lives are very difficult. They have no life of their own, they are considered men’s property, they have no right to education, to paid work, or to choose their own life partner. They are being killed for so called honor. They are mothers, sisters, wives and daughters, but they are not being considered as human beings. They have no recognition as their own individuals. With this realisation, Sister Zeph decided to focus on girls’ education.

Until now, Zephaniah Free Education has taught over five hundred girls , and more than one hundred women have learnt skills such as stitching , bridal make up, party make up, hair dressing , embroidery in addition to getting standard education as well.

Sister Zeph has been maintaining a full time job to meet the expenses of Zephaniah Free Education since when the age of 16, and along with this, she achieved two Master Degrees, one in Political Science and one in the History, through self-studying.

Sister Zeph says that she will never stop promoting and supporting girls education and empowerment because this is the only way to change the world and to bring a new life to the women of our world.