While in New York City, World Learning Youth Programs partnered with Girl Be Heard, a New York City based organization that uses theater as a vehicle to empower young women. The Executive Director, Jessica Greer Morris, is a World Learning Alumni having participated in a Study Abroad program in Brazil. The collaboration provided a priceless experience for the participants. Below is a blog post from a female Pakistani participant:
What was the most interesting take away from your experience with Girl Be Heard?
The thing which I take away the most is that at first, I said that I wished I was a boy but after my experience with Girl Be Heard, I am really proud to be a girl and will achieve my goals just as I am, as a girl, and will take a stand for other girls.
A Poem Prepared by a Pakistani participant:
I am Girl of this World.
I wonder why the girls are suppose to be blamed for their misfortune,
I hear a voice saying, “I want equality and freedom.”
I see a glimmer of hope coming to my way,
I want to really act on it, to take first step towards betterment,
I am Girl of this World…
I pretend myself to do something to create peace
I feel that I can do it, but unity is required.
I touch the sky in my dream… I worry what happened? Am I awake?
I ask, “Why is my dream not really happening?!”
I am a Girl of this World…
I understand that everyone has a different opinion,
I believe they also have soft heart, I dream that my dreams will become true,
I trust in God, He is listening to me…
I hope for peace and equality.
I am a Girl of this World….