This guide is for girls who have something to say; girls who want to use their voices to fight injustice. Developed by girl activists, Las Simonas, this guide has been created to help guide your activism journey from personal processes, to collective action.
Why is this guide necessary?
You might have heard that we, girls, are the future. And it’s true. But we’re also the present! We are each unique and wonderful, and we have a lot to contribute to our families, our communities, and to the world in general. We believe that we can change the world, that we have changed the world, and that we are changing the world. Many of us have identified injustices and inequalities – maybe even in our own lives –, and many of us want to do something to change them.
This guide is for girls who believe in themselves and in other girls. Who care about their rights and want to defend them.
Who is this guide for?
This guide is for you, it’s for me, it’s for your friends, it’s for my cousin, it’s for our neighbour. It’s for all the girls that have something to say; girls that want to use their voices to fight against injustices. This guide is for girls that want to live freely, that are smart and can identify inequalities, and that are brave enough to fight against them. This guide is for girls who believe in themselves and in other girls. It’s for girls who care about their rights and the rights of their friends, and that want to fight to defend those rights.
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How did we develop this guide?
This guide was created by and for girls; this means that girls like you have led the process to create it. Girls from around the world have participated to make this beautiful project a reality. We recognise that our power comes from what we, as girls, have in common but also from the diversity that makes us different and unique.
Las Simonas, our partners on this trip
We introduce you to the girls from the collective Las Simonas. They will go on this journey with us and share their experiences with you, which are the same ones that many girls shared with us. Even though every member of the group is unique–and they each live in a different place–and come from different cultures and families, they have a lot in common.
These are girls that want to change the world, that know they are strong, and that have a lot to say. But things are not always easy for them because not everyone around them understands how powerful they are. Often, they feel that the world around them has already been created and they just have to adapt to it; they have to fit into a role that was already assigned to them just because they’re girls. They feel this isn’t fair (and it isn’t!) and that’s why they fight every day to change things.
Our activism doesn’t consist of a decision or action; it’s a journey that we embark on. A journey that includes a personal process, a collective process, and one that creates and consolidates a movement. This guide focuses on the collective processes, but it also aims to go with you on the entire journey. We know that it’s possible that our activism journeys, like many of our personal processes, are not linear and that you feel like you keep going back and forth. Don’t worry! We have designed this guide so that you can do just that: use it in a way that it best responds to your interests and needs.
You can start with Part I if you want to know more about yourselves and your personal processes. Or you can go directly to Part II to explore more about how to organize to act, or start with Part III if you want to know more about creating a collective movement. You can start wherever you’d like and travel the path that you choose. This guide is for you, use it however you wish.