Girls For A Change started out in the small communities of Silicon Valley in California. Today, GFC is now replicating to another location in Phoenix, Arizona. It is quite amazing to GFC grow and expand creating change around our country. I have been with GFC for four years and I am currently interning for them this summer. Something ground breaking has occurred this summer and not too many people know about it yet. Within the past month I have been communicating with a woman by the name of Aminata Hydara. She is the coordinator of a national youth organization called Girls Platform. Not only is GFC connecting with other national organizations, but GFC has now broken through the limitations of our own country.
Girls Platform is located in Gambia, Africa! Hydara is also the Deputy Speaker of the Western Division Youth Parliament of the National Youth Parliament of The Gambia. Hydara was born in the village of Panchang. She was exposed to many social clubs during her senior secondary. She has served on many committees as executive members and she has found great passion in creating change within her community by reaching out to young women. She said in her e-mail: "My dream is to contribute to the improvement of the life of my fellow young people especially teenage girls whose early development is hampered by traditional beliefs and practices." She believes in sharing experiences and discussing issues that young women deal with. I have been connecting with Aminata and some of the girls who are members of Girls Platform. Recently two girls sent me their profiles and photos. I am going to save that exciting information until next blog. GFC has begun a life long partnership with Aminata and this organization. We have now expanded our communications internationally. Good job Girls Platform and GFC! - Steph