Girls for Girls Kuwait is the Kuwaiti Chapter of the international NGO, Girls for Girls Global. G4G Kuwait is the first country to run the program in Arabic and is leading the charge regionally. We are happy to share this translated content with any potential Arabic based chapters. G4G Kuwait is working through a strategic partnership with the Women Cultural and Social Society, the oldest women-centric NGO in Kuwait established in 1963. We also established a new partnership with Soroptimist International and hoping it will be active in 2022. We are passionate about shattering the glass ceilings that are holding women back; starting with the mental boundaries women impose upon themselves unknowably due to heritage and culture.
G4G in 2021, its year of inception, ran 4 programs with great success, attracting 30-35 mentees, high caliber guest speakers from active ministers to parliament members, oil sector experts, university professors. Etc. , and landed the sponsorship of the National Bank Of Kuwait. This is all deployed to reach and inspire mentees from different backgrounds to unlock their leadership potential. We have been warmly received in the local news and radio and invited to speak at local university forums.
We aim in the coming years to create a supportive community that understands the importance of collaborative leadership within a like-minded village. This will happen through having a unique offering combined equally with outreach efforts to civic institutions and initiatives, corporations, and institutes of higher learning. We are initiating the second year of 2022 whose aim is entrenchment. We will continue with the G4G offering but the core will be to build a solid mentor base so that they can carry the work for 2023 forward, create more unique strategic alliances, as well as document processes so that working manuals are preserved for all future program directors. We aim to run 6 modules, create 3 cohorts, run testing circles for the 16-18 age range as young mentees. We also aim to vitalize the existing small community by bringing mentees together regularly through fun, relevant, age-appropriate socially responsible events such as book panel discussions /music and arts, and social activism.
Words From A Member
Dr. Saitah Alajmi
“This unique, inclusive, and dynamic culture of motivated females provided a safe non-rigid ground for me to challenge the narrative. I try to always keep the skills I learned in my toolbox to navigate life as a Kuwaiti woman.”