Our Girls

Through partnering with ‘The Girls’ Network’ and ‘Fearless Futures’ and through campaigns on both Eventbrite and Facebook, GlobalGirl Media UK recruited participants for its first training from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Our first training in August 2016, empowered the following girls in digital media skills.  You can see some of their blogs here:

Lily Barnett
Aliyah Bensouda
Aisha Clarke
Ruth Egagha
Violet Marchenkova
Jorja Oladiran
Poppy Sharples
Monique Washington


The graduates – our London ‘GlobalGirls’ – have been busy at school and further education since the training, but they have also been involved in many activities in the last year as a direct result of the training.

Lily at the Million Women Rise March 2017:  ‘Being Silent is not an Option’


Here are some examples of what London GlobalGirls are up to:

  • Aisha filmed the Giving Women Conference in Geneva in October 2016, for their website
  • Monique attended the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in London and filmed interviews with leading female directors
  • Aliyah won the Amazing Arabella prize at Kidtropolis, worth £1500, for her work on ‘Stealing Intimacy’
  • Monique attended the Southbank’s International Day of the Girl festival, October 2016, where both our films were shown on large screens throughout the day
  • Jorja and Aisha spoke onstage for Tedx Women in London reading The Girls’ Manifesto, December 2016
  • Violet attended the Strategic Institute for Dialogue’s Youth Lab
  • Poppy and Aisha submitted the films to the BFI Film Award
  • Monique attended One World’s The Future is Short documentary film festival at Channel 4
  • Monique, Poppy and Aisha spoke about GGM UK at Communication for Development’s Sight and Sound Festival at Somerset House
  • ‘Stealing Intimacy’ has won a ‘Gracies’ Award
  • Jorja has spoken in her school assembly about the influence of Michelle Obama
  • Aisha has made a film about mental health at universities and written an online article about her favourite feminists
  • Monique runs her own radio show, interviewing inspiring women on the arts scene in London
  • Lily spoke at the Million Women Rise festival in Trafalgar Square in March 2017, specifically mentioning GGM UK (see video, above)
  • Poppy was guest speaker at GGM UK’s panel discussion on International Women’s Day and has changed her degree to media and social impact
  • Ruth works as a volunteer at the citizen journalism organisation ‘World Bytes’ and is applying for the Aspire Communications workshop
  • Aisha has won the Guardian’s Positive Action internship as well as a place on the Grierson Trust documentary scheme this summer. She also volunteered at the One World Media Awards 2017
  • Monique has gained paid work on the TV show ‘Made in Chelsea’
  • Violet picked up the Gracies Award 2017, on behalf of all GG’s in New York
  • ‘Brexit Unveiled’ was shown at the London Feminist Film Festival in August
  • Jorja attended the GGM UK 2017 training, ‘How to Create Branded Content’
  • Monique and Aisha were interviewed by film platform, FilmDoo, about ‘Brexit Unveiled’
  • Aisha has been awarded the Channel 4 Production Scheme at The Garden Productions
  • Poppy is gaining work experience at Keo Films and Ricochet production companies


We welcome to GGM UK our new graduates, from our 2017 mini-training

Melissa Nhau

Winona Assoumou

Tilly Worsley

Simi Carpenter


Here are some of the things our GlobalGirls say they gained from the Training:

  • How to edit film and audio, how to write a news story.
  • Being able to compromise in a group
  • ‘My opinions are valid and important, I will talk more in my university seminars’
  • ‘I am learning arts and media while I am done going into graphics and this is a little bit different now’
  • ‘I know I will be more prepared to argue with mature students at my Masters course’
  • ‘The more training I do, the more likely that I will be accepted into university’
  • ‘I’m more knowledgable about feminism, happier with myself’
  • ‘I’m more hopeful, more confident, more prepared’
  • ‘I am more confident at using premiere pro, I am more confident at blogging, I have developed new social skills’