Teen Voices at Women’s eNews, a global girl news site that incorporates teen girls in the production of news about their lives is now publishing articles from girls in Uganda, thanks to a new partnership with WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership.
This partnership expands Teen Voices at Women’s eNews’ commitment to giving girls a platform to change the world through journalism. WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership’s young writers will produce content for Teen Voices through their media club focusing on the unique issues and triumphs of life as teen girls living in Uganda. Their articles will add to Teen Voices’ already rich collection of perspectives from girls around the world.
Commenting on the partnership, Cianne Jones, Executive Director of WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership said, “WIL Uganda is thrilled to be partnering with Teen Voices. Very often girls in rural communities feel marginalized and isolated from the outside world. Partnering with the teen voices project will enable us to provide a platform on which girls in Busmbatia will finally have their voices heard.”
WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership joins the ranks of other Teen Voices’ partners such as Afghan Women’s Writing Project, SPARK Movement, GlobalGirls Media, The OpEd Project, Daraja Academy and Teen Voices Rising. Articles from these partners have come from teen girls Kenya, Afghanistan, South Africa, Britain, Canada and the United States.
Recently, we published our first piece from WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership, “My Stepmother Threatened to Sacrifice Me
” in which writer, Kisakye Esereda exposes the threat of child sacrifice faced by many children in Uganda at the hands of the adults around them.
“The first-person approach of these essays is the most authentic way to bring attention to the issues facing girls around the world,” says Teen Voices Editor Katina Paron. “We look forward to amplifying the voices of Ugandan girls and giving them a platform to be heard.”
Partner pieces are published weekly and focus on personal issues and experiences of the writer. Stories include:
A journalism training program of the nonprofit news organization Women’s eNews, Teen Voices knows the empowering effects of self-representation. By hiring, and paying, teens to produce news stories about their peer group and by asking teens to share their experiences, we are giving them the keys to discover their full potential.
Teen Voices at Women’s eNews is supported by Eileen Fisher, the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation, DO A LITTLE FUND and individuals who believe in the empowerment of girls.
WIL Uganda- Women In Leadership is a female-led grassroots community based organization empowering women and girls in Busembatia, a rural town in eastern Uganda. WIL Uganda- Women in Leadership operates with a mission to empower women and girls with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in their own communities.