IISuperwomanII, Lilly Singh, ran on the stage with the crowd cheering loudly to Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)” at WE Day Vancouver 2016.
“GirlLove is all about ending the cycle of girl-on-girl hate, encouraging women to build each other up… I believe in the power of sisterhood…”
Lilly shared about her journey to Kenya. She learned about the many barriers that women face to pursue their education like damaged schools, lack of access to clean water, long distance travel to school, lack of access to income opportunities, and time-consuming tasks of walking two kilometers to fetch fresh water for family at least five times in a day. With these barriers, Lilly taught us that sisterhood is essential.
She also shared facts she learned about women’s issues around the world that need to change:
- 70% living in poverty are women
- 80% of refugees are also women
- Women are more vulnerable to HIV and AIDS
- 62 Million girls around the world don’t have access to education
To tackle these women’s issues, it starts with changes to our actions, especially with our attitude and the need to spread #GirlLove.
Three ways to spread the #GirlLove
- Turn Jealousy into Compliments.
- Remember the chances are, that if you’re jealous of someone, there’s something that you admire about that person.
- You can either choose to be jealous, or turn that energy into something positive like giving a compliment: Don’t get bitter, get better.
- Support other Girls
- Competition is important, it helps us all grow
- However, competition does not always have to result in hate
- Women can support other women: There can be more than one successful girl
- Strangers are Sisters.
- The best way to spread #GirlLove is to make an active effort to befriend other girls. Go say hi, introduce yourself.
It’s time to come together, boys and girls alike, to fight for gender equality. Spread the #GirlLove through @SpreadGirlLove and see the #GirlLove special edition rafiki bracelet available on the MeToWe store.