‘What do you have to say?’

Guest blog by Zainab M Ahmad

What do you have to say?

We all have a story. Every single one of us. We might not know it or recognise it, but we do. The question is, who should we tell our story to and why? The answer is simple – our stories make the world go round! It is us who make the world what it is today, a living, growing community, bringing together skills, creativity and ideas from across the globe. But how significant is my voice, or yours, among a few billion?

To answer that I’ll ask you to play a piece of music on your phone or your laptop. Yes, now, whilst reading this — it’ll take a second. Now, pay attention to the sounds you hear in the song: there are multiple instruments playing to their own beat, coming to you collectively, almost merging, yet distinct. That’s us. All of us together, unique yet collaborative, making a single piece of music. Even if you take one tiny part out, it affects the integrity of the whole song. So that is why, every single one of us, moving to our own beat, have to show up and contribute.

The best thing about the world today is the power of social media and the impact our digital footprint can have. You have something you’re passionate about, then join a relevant social media group or start one of your own. Write, put up videos, vlogs, photographs, short stories or poems, and I guarantee you will find like-minded people to appreciate what you do, to collaborate with you and to create impact.

LibDemChild Aged 18, a self-styled liberal democrat and feminist, has been blogging since she was 11. She expresses her views on politics and such causes as the under-representation of women (particularly those of colour) in elitist universities. Constantly discovering and questioning the world, she prompts us to do the same as we go on the journey with her. Why should we care? Because bloggers help us connect with others, and seeing someone else doing it gives us the courage and inspiration to raise our own voice.

Everything does not need to make money or cost money. Turn your idea into something consistent, giving it a direction, a purpose, a form that engages and inspires others. Start small. Put it online, share it with three people and watch it grow. I genuinely believe that every single good idea can turn into something tangible, if we put it out there, collaborate with others and create a strategy for it. What’s the point of all this effort? You are. What you bring is something only you can – your perspective, your creativity, your journey.

Young girls across the world are the leaders of change and our time is now. The number of women making waves in finance, technology, education, fashion, aeronautics, non-profits and more, as contributors and leaders, is growing. Even if you aren’t yet sure where your passion lies, step out there, bring people together and be part of a movement. Your journey towards achieving your dreams begins now.

 

Zainab M Ahmad is a journalist, children’s writer and teacher based in London, who spends her time connecting people and ideas, finding and sharing inspiration and most of all helping young people to recognise their own voice, no matter how loud the world gets.

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Throwback to our Launch in June 2016

GLOBALGIRL MEDIA UK LAUNCHES IN LONDON

The London hub of GlobalGirl Media launched on June 30, 2016 at the ‘Gherkin’, the iconic skyscraper in the City of London. Influential women – and a few men! – in media, film and women’s organisations gathered to learn more about GGM and our mission to change the male narrative. With under 30% of women in key roles in the British media, and the country in a state of upheaval, it is an opportune time to train more girls in digital media skills. In August 2016, GlobalGirl Media UK trained its first cohort at South Thames College in South London.

Speakers at the launch included GGM UK’s Ambassador, Yalda Hakim, BBC World News International Correspondent, and one of Kosovo’s first GlobalGirls, Medina Mehmeti.

Programme Director of GGM UK Tor Bridges said: ‘Females are still under-represented in the media, and their views are often misrepresented, and that’s largely because it’s men who’ve set the agenda. Girls continue to be stereotyped and sexualised in the media, and this has a negative impact on their self-esteem. When we shut the views of entire segments of society out, we limit the possibilities of our culture and the possibility for dialogue, and that’s not just bad for girls, it’s bad for boys too. GGM UK is committed to turning up the volume of girls’ voices, putting girls both in front of and behind the camera and at the centre of the story.’

Contact us: ggmuk@globalgirlmedia.org


Yalda Hakim, BBC World News International Correspondent and GGM UK Ambassador:
‘Only if we have this broad spectrum of voices within the media can we truly understand our societies’

 

Medina Mehmeti, Kosovo GlobalGirl, came over from Pristina to tell guests about her experience as a GlobalGirl:
‘I feel really lucky and proud to be part of GGM Kosovo. It helped me to be more confident and more brave to say what I feel and what I really think.’

 


Tor Bridges, Programme Director of GGM UK:
‘We are committed to turning up the volume of girls’ voices, putting girls both in front of and behind the camera and at the centre of the story.’

 

Guests, including founder Trustee of GGM UK Tamara Jacobs (in pink dress), at the launch party at the ‘Gherkin’ in London