Girls changing the narrative

Stories of girls leading the change

Abeer Allan
11 October 2021

3.84 billion is the population of girls around the world, that is 3.84 billion agents of change, creativity, determination, and empowerment. Despite this number, contributing to almost half of the world’s population, girls around the world still fight for better opportunities, to achieve equality for their generation, and the future ones.

Girls in Jordan are moving mountains, they are changing the narrative for every girl as they challenge stereotypes, proving girls can be activists, change-makers, tech-savvies, artists, innovators, environmentalists, and so much more.

Let’s celebrate these girls on the International Day of the Girl, let’s be inspired.

"My idea is to be able to use the digital skills I learnt to invent something that can help people.”

Hala, 15.

And just like Hala wants to use her digital skills to empower other refugee girls, Noor, 17 years old, wishes to inspire her community too by helping them become more aware of the environment, and to act towards protecting it.

“I encourage all young people to start diving classes, participate in sea cleaning campaigns, and never dump any garbage into the sea, as we all have to protect the environment, specially the sea, we have some extraordinary aquatic creatures in here.”

Noor

Girl smiles at the camera from the beach
Girls can be environmental activists

“Some people are still not fully aware of the consequences of polluting the seas with garbage and plastic, and how harmful it can be to the aquatic creatures, I really hope that they become mindful of that.” – Noor, 17

Girl smiles at the camera as she holds her robot
Girls can be tech trailblazers

With over 16 per cent of students in Jordan lacking internet access, Sally, 20, and Hala, 15, are determined to use their digital access and digital skills to empower other young girls in their communities, helping close the digital divide, among other inequalities.

“Girls can accomplish anything they want. Pursue your dreams, be consistent, develop yourself and don’t be afraid of anything. Just know how to handle situations, so you will be capable to tell right from wrong and never, ever abandon your dream.” – Sally

“I wanted to learn new techniques in dealing with digital platforms, since the national curriculum at my school does not focus on practical training,” Hala says.

Girl making a coaster
Girls can be artists

At only 9 years old, Nagham is already using art to express herself. Handmade coasters for her grandmother are one way to show Nagham’s love for her grandmother, and her love for crafting art too.

“Last time I made a coaster and gave it to my grandmother, now she always uses it under the teapot.”

Girl showing her invention to the camera
Girls can be inventors 

To bridge the gap between the before and after “digital transformation”, Huda enrolled in a sumo robots class supported by UNICEF, to create a better future for herself, and to support other young girls in building a better future for themselves too - equipped with digital skills and tech-power.

“I've been interested in robotics for a long time, and I am happy to learn more about it because it is a very important topic for our future."

“When I get the chance to obtain the quality education I aspire, I will become more empowered and secure enough to launch my own training projects that would target women and children in my community.”

Hala

UNICEF is dedicated to helping create a generation of empowered  and resilient girls in the fields of technology, art, digital, and a lot more, through several programmes in Makani centres in refugee camps and vulnerable host communities across Jordan.

UNICEF also supports Social Innovation Incubators, providing young girls with the tools and knowledge to build a robot from scratch, and preparing them for a future full of opportunities.