Gender Equality is vital if we want to move forward in a world that is more developed, and gives equal opportunities to all its citizens. At the World With MNR, we are prioritizing this issue, because we believe that it is another one of the most important causes that the world needs to focus on. Two of the main solutions to this issue, are Women Empowerment and Girls' Education. We have been working on both of these, and helping advance the fight for Gender Equality worldwide through our various projects worldwide, using advocacy, storytelling and development.
We were advocates with the Malala Fund during the G7 Finance and Development Ministers' meetings in Whistler, BC in 2018. We had the opportunity to speak with and interview world leaders including World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and the Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau. We spoke to them about the importance of girls' education, and asked them to contribute to a $1.3 Billion Dollar investment in girls' education. At the official G7 summit in Charlevoix the week following our meetings, the leaders decided to invest $3.8 Billion Dollars, due to the efforts of many different activists, organizations like the Malala Fund, and our meetings. We also advocated at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. We visited the House of Representatives and the Senate to meet with several senators and congressmen/women to advocate for the “Keeping Girls in School Act”. We also spoke about our experiences working for girls’ education in Pakistan 🇵🇰
Girlz, FTW is a dope mentoring program matching high school & college girls w/ badass women leaders from various backgrounds & life experiences. We have had the pleasure of being their video content producers for two years now, and managing their Instagram account. We also host the Girlz,FTW talk show called GirlzTalk, where we discuss topics all girls can relate to, which serves as a space for casual conversation about the topics that Girlz are too afraid to talk about in real life.
We began our activism journey in our village in Pakistan when we were eight years old. We visited the school that our grandmother had donated the land to build, and learned that those girls were going to quit school when they reached grade 5. Their families lived in poverty, and wanted to work instead. Our desire to make our grandmother's dream for the girls come true led us to working with the girls and inspiring them to continue their education. We ran workshops with them, spoke to their parents, and made sure to spend time to them every time we went to Pakistan on family trips. During a trip to Pakistan in 2015, we learned that some of those girls were actually going on to high school. This was a huge win for us. We returned to Pakistan again in 2019 to continue our work, and film a documentary on their story, and the overall status of girls' education in the country.
We have been club leaders at our school's Girl Up club for 4 years, and served as the Girl Up Canada Coalition leaders for 2 years. In these roles, we have helped organize several women and girl-empowerment conferences across the Greater Toronto Area. These include events like a screening of the film He Named Me Malala, two Women's Day conferences, two Girl Up Toronto Summits and two Girl's Night In events. All of these events have featured inspiring speakers, empowering workshops, and networking opportunities for girls in the Greater Toronto Area, and around Canada. We also help facilitate Girl Up clubs across the country, and fundraise for Girl Up's initiatives supporting adolescent girls around the world. Visit www.girlup.org to find out more.