Stories of Girls’ Resistance

Join The #GirlsResist Campaign!

Join the campaign by sharing your story!
Throughout history, the power of girls’ dreams and resistance has been overshadowed by expectations and stereotypes. However, girls are resisting every day, everywhere.
From small to large acts of resistance, girls are pushing back against injustices, calling truth to power, and carving paths towards liberation.

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Girls’ stories matter
…not just as footnotes in history but as the driving force behind movements, revolutions, and the very fabric of change itself. It’s time to amplify these stories filled with dreams and strategies for change that continue to transform the world.
Joining the #GirlsResist campaign is fun and straightforward!
Let’s refuse to be limited by a single narrative by celebrating the intricacies, the challenges, and the unwavering strength of being a girl. Instead, let’s come together and reclaim our stories without fear of being misrepresented or stereotyped. Our stories have the power to shatter barriers, ignite revolutions, and change hearts, minds, and futures.

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Why join us?

It is no secret that history overlooks the stories of girls and young feminists. Stories of Girls’ Resistance is the largest-ever collection of adolescent girls’ activism, with over 150 individual stories from 90+ countries worldwide. It is a multi-year, multi-site project spanning regions, organisations and offerings with many contributors and co-conspirators. We know that movements are made up of stories and countless more, including yours, are waiting to be told.

What do we mean by resistance?

We chose the term resistance because it is best able to capture the formal and informal, bounded and unbounded, spontaneous and organised, individual and collective ways in which girls push back and imagine better worlds for themselves and us all. There is no one way to resist- girls are resisting in big and small ways every day! Here are just a few ways girls are defining resistance from around the world (check this out for more examples!) :

And we know that resistance often leads to broader change. For example:
  • In Sudan, Tahani was only nine years old when she challenged the unfair seating arrangement in her mixed school, where girls had to sit at the back and boys in the front. She spoke up to the headmaster and demanded equal treatment, and after weeks of discussion, she succeeded in changing the class shape and putting the seats in a parallel way.
  • In the USA, Brayden was disturbed by the harmful chemicals and ingredients in the beauty products for black women. She woke up her mom in the middle of the night and told her she wanted to start her own natural beauty company. Her mom initially dismissed her idea but later agreed to talk about it. Now, she has a company which offers safe and healthy products for black women.
  • In Mali, Adam refused to let her little sister be circumcised. So, at 18 years old, she ran away with her. Even though it upset their family, her little sister was never cut.
  • In Nicaragua, María José’s first act of resistance was reading. She loved reading, but her grandmother ridiculed her for it, so she started to read under the bed in secret.

If you don’t think you have a story that is significant enough to tell, think again. Resistance can take many forms, and no act of resistance is too small or insignificant. Here are some examples of our team members have resisted in their own ways:

  • In Kenya, Lolo refused to be ashamed of her curvy body and wore clothes that made her feel confident and beautiful, regardless of society’s opinion.
  • In Australia, Rachel resisted when a guy at a party tried to hit her on the butt with a flyswatter. She patiently explained to him that although he thought he was being funny, it was one in a long line of sexist microaggressions they had to deal with all day, and how would he feel if someone did that to a woman he cared about? He ended up apologising.
These stories, each unique in its own right, converge to form the fabric of the #GirlsResist campaign. They remind us that anyone can make a difference, and sometimes, all it takes is speaking up and calling truth to power to transform it.
So what are you waiting for?
  • Share your story of resistance on TikTok, Instagram or any social media platform using the hashtag #GirlsResist and tag our account @girlsresistance. You can use any format, such as video, audio, text, or image. Let your creative juices flow!!
  • Invite your family or friends to join the conversation and record it as an individual video or both on screen like a conversation. You can ask them questions, share your opinions, or challenge their views on topics related to gender and resistance. Remember, If girls have resisted since immemorial, so have sisters and aunties. You will be surprised to learn the different ways your strict aunt resisted as a girl
  • Nominate or tag your favourite girls and young women, friends or people whose stories you’re curious to hear to join the campaign.
@solanathagreenfairy Our voices matter💞 Join the movement and share your #girlsresist story today!! @GirlsResistance #womensrights ♬ show me how - <3
We can’t wait to hear from you!

For more information about the campaign and the book, visit our website: www.girlsresistance.org

Follow us on social media: @girlsresistance on TikTok and Instagram.

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