Every girl has a dream: to grow up and be like the women they look up to. We all have our role models, a strong figure in our lives - some of them we know personally, and some we admire from afar. And then we grow up to be the woman we were destined to be, forgetting that we’ve become one of those strong figures that we once, as a young girl, dreamt and aspired to be.
The time has come once again for all women across the globe to celebrate International Women’s Day 2012 by connecting and inspiring one girl, one woman, at a time. Under the global theme ‘Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures’, Capri Communications Sdn Bhd is organising WOMEN:girls, a 10-day campaign aimed at inspiring girls with a variety of activities, highlighting role models, successful figures and also unsung heroines.
The WOMEN:girls campaign was launched last Thursday by Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir at Pavilion KL. She said, “Young people are the most optimistic and hopeful about the world, always eager to contribute to society, and I’ve met plenty who are bright with sparkling new ideas. The WOMEN:girls campaign to inspire an aspiring girl is indeed what the younger generation needs. And it works both ways, as we, the experienced ones who can inspire, it is always inspiring to be in the presence of a younger, enthusiastic energy ready to take on the world!”
The WOMEN:girls campaign kicks off with a mentor-mentee programme where several lucky girls will be paired with a well-known personality as their mentor, who will personally guide them for a collective duration of 10 hours over a period of one month.
Spearheaded by campaign spokeswoman Low Ngai Yuen, the WOMEN:girls mentor-mentee programme teams up with international TV Host, Asha Gill; well-known fashion designer, Melinda Looi; Managing Director and one of the Founders of Rumah Jagaan Kanak Kanak NurSalam, Dr. Hartini Zainudin; founder of Helping Angels, Poesy Liang; advocate on women’s issues and Executive Director of Women’s Aid Organisation, Ivy Josiah; and many others to work together in inspiring the next generation of girls for the future.
“We would like to thank these wonderful celebrated women mentors for supporting and participating in WOMEN:girls,” Ngai Yuen smiled, adding, “The mentorship programme is open to girls and women aged 15 years and above. Those who are interested in participating can even submit a proposal on who they would like their mentor to be at the campaign’s Facebook page and website.”
In addition to the mentor-mentee programme, there will be a photography exhibition on the ground floor of Fahrenheit88 featuring local celebrities such as Datin Paduka Umie Aida, Anne Ngasri, Cheryl Samad, Dira Abu Zahar, Dynas Mokhtar, Julie Woon, Kartini Kamalul Ariffin, Sharifah Sofea, Susan Lankester and Low Ngai Yuen.
There will also be outreach activities such as daily inspirations to women and girls on the streets through the sharing of inspirational words around the Klang Valley at shopping malls, LRT stations, bus stops, schools and universities. The WOMEN:girls campaign will close with a grand finale on the 16th of March 2012 with an exclusive session of networking between mentors and mentees as well as the sharing of ideas and experiences through inspirational talks.
For more information, head to http//:mentor.dosomething.gd or www.facebook.com/WomenGirlsinspire or #WomenGirls2012.