"our dreams are killed
and our voices, no matter how high, remain faint. but if we had the opportunity, we could make the impossible possible."
-zaad, 20, syria
About the Founder
Hi! I'm Sarah and I'm so excited you're here. Over the past two years, I've traveled and interviewed many young women and girls spanning ten countries, supported by the United Nations Refugee Agency and others. I’ve had the privilege of meeting girls from all over the world for a book I'm writing set to be released in 2021. I've met girls who grew up in remote villages in Ethiopia, refugee camps in Kenya, and cities in Syria and Afghanistan. Girls who were forced to uproot their lives due to war, genocide, famine, and fathers who wanted them to marry before starting their periods. Girls who have trekked across the jungles of Thailand, slept in cargo boats on the Nile, and are the sole breadwinners for their families. Girls who are displaced in another country and the first in their families to attend university. Girls who are breaking boundaries within their communities and societies. Girls who are resilient, honest, scared, brave, and in love. Girls who I see a great deal of myself in, and you will see yourself, too.
One of the things I so often get told by girls I meet in my work is: "I have nowhere to express myself and how I really feel." That's why I created More to Her Story. It's about more than simply sharing stories. It's an outlet for creative self-expression. It's a place where barriers are broken, and truths are revealed. It's a place where girls’ stories can be read, their art can be seen, and their voices and ideas can be heard – from a village, to a camp, to a town, to a city, to the whole world.
So, I ask now: what matters to you? What challenges are you facing? What dreams are you chasing? What truths do you want the world to know about you and other girls like you?
This is the place to share it, and I hope you will.
Over the last few decades, there has been important progress towards achieving gender equality. Girls are rising, countries are transforming, and leaders are recognizing the positive impact a girl or young woman can have when she is given the chance to thrive. While some milestones have been reached, there are still many more to go:
Globally, 12 million girls each year are married before the age of 18. That's one girl every two seconds.
There are an estimated 132 million girls out of school today. For every hundred boys who continue their education after high school, only 55 girls do the same.
Over 75% of the world’s illiterate population are women and girls.
Globally, girls aged 5–14 spend 550 million hours every day on household chores. That is 160 million more hours than boys their age spend.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) affects more than 200 million girls and women alive today in 30 countries.
5,000 women and girls are murdered in the name of "honor" each year.
In Africa, 1 in 10 girls miss school because of their periods each year. In India, it has been estimated that 1 in 5 girls drop out of school after they get their periods — and in some regions, that number is nearer to 4 in 5. Studies show that 1 in 5 girls in the U.S. frequently skip school due to a lack of access to menstrual products.