Monday, March 28, 2011

2010 Sustainability Review

Last week, Standard Chartered launched its 2010 Sustainability Review, which is a great opportunity to sit and reflect on how we progressed over the year. 2010 was a year of huge growth for Goal.

  • We reached 12,000 girls and launched in three new countries.
  • Our volunteers spent  hundreds of hours teaching sessions on topics like self-defence, financial literacy, and hygiene. 
  • Our India girls got a chance to play in the Commonwealth Games stadium.
  • We got the results of our baseline study from the Population Council.

Read more, including case studies of our amazing Goal girls Gulabsha and Seema, in the review.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

USAID Talks Sport for Development

One of the things we love is hearing about great programmes working on sport for development around the world. Many thanks to our friend Paul Teeple from Partners of the Americas for sending along this video, featuring our very own advisor from Women Win, Maria Bobenreith.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Women's Economic Empowerment in Africa

For Goal, every day is International Women's Day! Amina Adewusi, a member of Standard Chartered's Global Research team talks about the benefits of investing in women for Africa
For copies of her article on this topic, email us.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How can we stop violence against girls?

The answer: sport and empowerment

This is a really great video from Women Win. Let us know what you think.

Addressing gender-based violence through sport from WomenWin on Vimeo.

Happy Women's Day!

Keep fighting the good fight!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Global News Special: International Womens Day

It’s the 100th anniversary of World Women’s Day tomorrow! What are your plans? Here are lots of great ideas on how you can get involved:

o The International Women’s Day website has a great selection of events. Just select your country and a whole list of events will appear!

o The UN Women’s theme for this year is: Equal Access to Education, Training and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women. They’ve planned events globally to commemorate this day- lots of it focusing on girls and young women from youth workshops to ‘Girls Talk’. Find out what’s being planned near you.

o Join women on the bridge. All around the world, people will be going onto their local bridges to show their support for empowering women. Find out how you can get involved.

Other news:

Empower the girl, empower the women- ‘Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) teach agriculture techniques to girls so that they know how to grow food and package it in a way that all countries accept it.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Delhi girls show off their stuff!

Some Friday fun - a few little videos I snapped at our Deepalaya site in Delhi. Girls from Sanjay Colony and Kalkaji Extension gave us an amazing performance! Check out a little speech, some fierce netball playing, and even a song!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Goal Partner Summit

On 31 January, we were proud to kick off our very first Goal Partner Summit. This summary is long overdue, but we wanted to take the time to share this with you as it was a really incredible moment for the programme – and amazing to see how far we’ve come.


Our NGO partners from every Goal country – Naz Foundation in India, YEF in Nigeria, and Right to Play from Jordan and China – as well as Standard Chartered Volunteer Coordinators, met in New Delhi, India for a week of sharing experiencesand promising practices, problem solving challenges, hearing from experts in key topics like communications, economic empowerment, incorporating men and boys into a girl-focused programme, and human resources, and of course visiting the Goal sites.

Our summit was held at the illustrious Taj Palace hotel, where we were met with excellent service the entire way through. I think we may have even got some of the catering staff to agree to volunteer.

Highlights included:

Each country presenting, in detail, their model and challenges – led to great discussions about scale.

Laura Quinn, our exceptional supporter from Wieden and Kennedy in New Delhi, teaching us about blogging

The Right to Play team demonstrating some of their activities – it was nice to stretch our legs after so much time in the conference room

Mamta (at left), a Goal Champion, taking us through a health and hygiene activity

Kalyani showing us how to play netball in a sari

And of course, interacting with the girls – the best part of any trip!

While fun was definitely part of the agenda, it was really amazing to have all the partners under one roof. Goal is very lucky to have such a core group of NGOs delivering our programme and helping us empower girls around the world.

For more information about what we did or questions, please see our Flickr feed for more photos or email us.