A Soujourn With VOICE

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One of my favorite aspects about traveling is meeting feminists from all corners of the world. While differing in a lifetime of culture and experience, we are bound together by a common cause – equal opportunity for all genders.

I had toured India for a month before I began work at Voice 4 Girls. Coming from Iceland where I have avidly fought for feminist issues through the years, I was excited to learn and apply my knowledge to a new cultural context.

But in spite of the multiple history lessons and tours I took in India, I found myself lacking an understanding of the diverse of Indian female experience. The narratives I was presented with in that first month were almost entirely male.

When I began work at Voice 4 Girls, these narratives were immediately challenged. At Voice 4 Girls I found an organization ready to take the crucial steps to empower women while recognizing both the hardship and beauty of women’s experiences in India.

I was truly inspired by the work of this organization and am adamant about the importance their initiative. Work such as that of Voice 4 Girls should be taking place throughout the world, educating our girls in Iceland and India. Girls can be housewives and girls can be our presidents. But we must equip them with the tools to deconstruct a society that tells them they cannot be both.

Working alongside the wonderful staff at Voice 4 Girls left me feeling valued and inspired. And with that, I thank you, Voice 4 Girls, for welcoming me into your team and for the tireless work you put into making society a better place for all.

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The writer of this entry,  Zoë Vala Sands, is an honors Major in Political-Geography at Dartmouth College, focusing on international crisis & human rights and development. She interned with VOICE 4 Girls during an exchange program through her university’s Women & Gender Studies Department and is currently studying the sociological impacts and roles of gender in Indian society.

 

 

The Retreat Before GO-TIME!

Time does indeed have a way of soaring when you’re busy; it seems like yesterday that 2016 was drawing to a close and all of us were celebrating the success of VOICE’s winter camps.

Already, the warming weather heralds the fast approaching summer – the whiteboards here at VOICE all announce the run-up to summer camps. Over 12,000 girl campers to be reached over the months of April, May and June alone! Before we know it, camp fever will be upon us… what better time to head off someplace serene, quaint and away from all the hubbub and clatter to reflect upon what has been done and what lies ahead.

With this idea, the team put their heads and purses together – VOICE 4 Girls headed to Coorg for a three-day retreat, where nestled in the lap of the bountiful Western Ghats, the team led by Executive Director, Anusha Bharadwaj, discussed and planned for the year ahead; shared thoughts and ideas; converged and became one … one team; one vision; one unit! Of course, there was plenty of fun and relaxation too… tourist destinations, great food and of course, a surplus of photo-ops!

A few of these memories, we would like to share with you. Check them out!

(Psssstttt… VOICE 4 Girls is still looking for female college students to teach our wonderful adolescent girls at camp. To know more or apply to the 10-day paid internship program, visit our Facebook page!)

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