Saturday, October 31, 2009

Start with a Girl!

"The health of adolescent girls is everyone's business. We all need to step up to the plate to embrace this ambitious agenda." If you wanna know why then you might want to take a look at this fascinating report!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Beyond Sport News

A few months ago Goal was proud to win the Beyond Sport Award. Now Here is an exciting new article about us and our new programs!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Spotlight: Meet Sandhya

We are so proud of Sandhya for being selected to play for the Delhi team in the School National Games which will be held at Chattisgarh! Sandhya has been part of the Goal programme for the past two years, and joined as a Coach in August 2009.

“The programme brought about a lot of change in me. Earlier I was very bossy and would sometimes bully others as well. Now I understand that everyone has the right to speak and express his or her point of view, which need not match with mine but are equally important.”

Sandhya had always been a prankster at school and was known to be a troublemaker by her teachers and schoolmates. However, as she became involved in Goal, many underlying leadership qualities in her started showing as she started taking initiative in netball and attended all the sessions. She would constantly ask questions and was completely committed and involved in the programme. Her teachers were very happy to see that her behavior and attitude towards her teachers and friends also started to change with her participation in the Goal activities. This is what her school-principal had to say:

“Since Sandhya has been part of Goal there has been a tremendous change in her. She used to always be in the bad books with her teachers. Now she has improved her communication and social skills and is polite and gentle as she speaks. She has shown great leadership qualities as I watch her teaching netball to the new Goal participants”. Ms Shikha Pal, Principal, Deepalaya Govindpuri School

Global Girl News: 21 October

**A new feature where we find news and programmes from around the world and share them with you - Comment below if you have any suggestions!**

-Do you really believe that “Together We Can Change the World”? Then perhaps you might be interested to take part in this really exciting forum that will be held next October.

-Here is an interesting list of what can be done by/through young girls in order to end poverty. What else do you think should be added to the list?

-'Investing in women and girls is the key to ending global poverty’. It definitely is. Check this article out to find out why!

- ‘Girls Count’! This is an excellent online-resource for those who are interested to know why girls are important to the world!

-This is a very interesting article on young Chinese girls and HIV/AIDS. It suggests that the number of 15-24 year old girls who have been infected with HIV/AIDS is rapidly increasing. However, despite insufficient information on sex-segregated data, the author comes up with new speculations on what is going on. If you are interested to learn more check it out here.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Have you joined the Girl Revolution?

A great article on WorldPulse with some great resources!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Be our follower and friend!

Goal has a twitter feed and a facebook fan page! Please follow us - and also, anyone out there know how to use Twitter? We are newbies!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Calling all potential partners!

Attention: Are you an NGO working with girls in the following countries: India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, or Jordan? Are you interested in partnering with us on Goal?

We are activitely seeking potential partners and will shortly be sending out requests for information. If you think you might be a good match, email us now!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Big BIG news!

We've been teasing for a while now that we're going global with Goal, but now the news is official! See the press release below for more exciting details, and get in touch if you have ideas, questions, or comments.

Standard Chartered Bank’s Goal to empower adolescent girls through sport
Expansion of programme will deliver vital life skills to 100,000 girls over four years

London, 5 October 2009 – Standard Chartered Bank has committed to a large scale expansion of its Goal programme, aiming to empower 100,000 adolescent girls over the next four years. Goal will bring its combination of sport training and life skills education to five countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The announcement was made yesterday by Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered, at the second meeting of the World Bank Private Sector Gender Leaders Forum. He commented, “Standard Chartered realizes that women are key drivers of economic development in its markets. Goal gives young women in deprived communities the skills and confidence they need to fulfill their full potential and support their families, communities, and economies for years to come.”

The global expansion of Goal will target girls in India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Jordan with a training programme including sport, financial literacy, health and hygiene, communication skills and rights. In addition to direct participants, the expansion is expected to reach an estimated 5 million family and community members.

A number of studies have shown a strong return on investment for programmes focused directly on women and girls. In India for example, where Goal began as a pilot in 2006, an estimated $32.6 billion in growth per year is lost due to girls out of school.[1] Further, it’s been shown that when women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families.[2]

Standard Chartered is now in the process of identifying NGO partners with deep local knowledge of their communities to deliver the programme alongside staff volunteers.

At its core, Goal is about transformation and building self-confidence, empowering girls with limited opportunities in the past to create a better future for themselves and for their families. Rakhi, 17, a Goal Champion from Delhi said: “When I joined Goal, I never talked to anyone from the group. My father was against my joining the program, but now his opinions have changed. I am more confident and can talk to anyone without fear. My brother once remarked in front of some guests at home, that Rakhi will definitely achieve something in life. I felt so proud. Someday, I will prove that I am no less than my brothers.”

[1]Plan International, Paying the price: The economic cost of failing to educate girls [2008]
[2]Phil Borges, with foreword by Madeleine Albright, Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World [2007]


Notes to editors:

About Goal

Goal is a Standard Chartered Bank community investment initiative which uses sport and life skills education to transform the lives of adolescent girls. The programme empowers disadvantaged girls living in urban settings for personal and economic development, providing knowledge and offering a safe place to play.

Goal covers four core content areas – communication, health and hygiene, rights, and financial literacy – that are delivered along with sport training by NGO partners, each with deep local knowledge of their communities. In India, Standard Chartered works in partnership with the Naz Foundation using netball as the sport component.

Since 2006, Goal has directly reached 500 girls, and touched nearly 25,000 families and community members across two cities in India. The programme plans to expand globally in 2010, reaching 100,000 girls in five countries.

For more information, see

Standard Chartered – leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Standard Chartered PLC, listed on both London and Hong Kong stock exchanges, ranks among the top 25 companies in the FTSE-100 by market capitalisation. The London-headquartered Group has operated for over 150 years in some of the world's most dynamic markets, leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Its income and profits have more than doubled over the last five years primarily as a result of organic growth.

Standard Chartered aspires to be the best international bank for its customers across its markets. The Group earns around 90 per cent of its income and profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, from its Wholesale and Consumer Banking businesses. The Group has over 1600 branches and outlets located in over 70 countries. The extraordinary growth of its markets and businesses creates exciting and challenging international career opportunities.

Leading by example to be the right partner for its stakeholders, the Group is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. It employs around 70,000 people, nearly half of whom are women. The Group's employees are of 125 nationalities, of which about 70 are represented in the senior management.

For more information on Standard Chartered, please visit