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Helping girls everywhere achieve their dreams

20 July 2023, Impact of Our Work

Our partnership with Warner Bros and the movie Barbie is helping girls dream big and realise their potential

All around the world there is a very real gender gap between what girls and boys dream they can be, and the opportunities they actually get to realise their dreams. 

In fact, by the age of just five, many girls develop self-limiting beliefs and stop believing they can do anything.

That’s why we’re proud to support our global partnership with Warner Bros and the hit movie, Barbie, to champion girls’ achievements.

This innovative partnership aims to help young girls realise their full potential and bridge the gender divide – because when given the chance, girls can achieve anything in life.

Save the Children’s partnership with Warner Bros and the Barbie movie is helping girls to realise their potential. 

Save the Children runs programs to help provide equal access to educational tools for hundreds of thousands of girls around the world, empowering them to continue learning, growing and dreaming of bright futures. Girls like 12-year-old Janat Ara.* 

An aspiration to help others 

Janat Ara lives in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh with her younger sister, aunt, uncle and cousins. She lost both her parents at a young age and had to flee her home country in search of safety – but through it all, Janat Ara has continued to show resilience in the face of adversity.

Since her arrival at the refugee camp, Janat Ara has embraced the opportunity to learn and is thriving at one of the learning centres run by Save the Children. 

“I love the learning centre. It is excellent and I love it so much,” Janat Ara says. “I especially like when we learn topics like maths and English…I love English the most, because it is very important.”

When she grows up, Janat Ara says she hopes to use her skills to work either in an NGO, a hospital or to become a teacher – all dreams that we believe she is more than capable of and we are committed to giving her the opportunity to realise. 

Despite the adversities Janat Ara has faced in her young life, she aspires to help others when she grows up. 
Photo: Daphnee Cook / Save the Children.

An ambition to be a doctor 

In Mogadishu, Somalia, 16-year-old Farhiya* is preparing for her end of term exams with quiet confidence, knowing that she has put in the hard yards and is well prepared. But her journey to this point has been a difficult one, interrupted by COVID-19 school closures and a lack of resources in a country where girls face many challenges to access a quality education.  

After missing five months of schooling, Farhiya was able to continue her learning online, thanks to our COVID-19 Response program that helped facilitate the safe return to learning for teachers and students affected by the pandemic. Under the program, Farhiya showed her commitment to study, accessing the online learning platform through her older sister’s phone. 

With our support, Farhiya is working hard to overcome the challenges girls face to get a quality education in Somalia. 
Photo: Save the Children.

Farhiya’s teacher explained how the program has helped students continue their studies, “In the beginning we were worried about what will happen to our students, but with online and offline learning systems, learning continued for many children.” Thankfully, Farhiya is one of the girls who benefited from our support. 

“When I grow up, I want to be a doctor”, Farhiya explains, and with her dedication to study and the support of our learning programs, she now has the opportunity to realise that ambition. 

Save the Children’s programs facilitating education for girls around the world, now supported by our partnership with Warner Bros and the Barbie movie, are helping girls everywhere to realise their potential and dream big in life – because if given the chance, girls can do anything they set their minds to.

*Names have been changed to protect identities.  

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