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realize the importance of solving it. We also work with kids in other schools in the city and in partner projects. We use chats, songs, and stories for children. Our activities happen in big spaces in schools where we interact with other teenagers and discuss the inequality of gender and the struggles of women in society. With children, we talk about prejudice against girls and tell true stories of great women like fairy tales. These events and activities are supported by students from other schools. a student named Eduardo wrote and sang a special rap song for my project called “Rexpeita.” It is about gender equality. Because of this song, some students changed their minds about this topic. They started to talk about how girls and boys should be treated the same way. In classes, there is an activity which teachers support called “Messengers of the Day” in which we talk about the life and works of great women in society. We talk about women who are not in our books—great chemists, physicists, authors, and poets. In this way, we could show fellow girls that we too can be intelligent. We raise awareness among the students about the importance of supporting girls who live in sexist societies worse than ours, like Malala Yousafzai. The documentary “He Named Me Malala” was shown to all students in school. Her story is starting to become an inspiration for them. We also talk openly about violence against women, so everybody can understand this problem and 8 In Brazil, many girls choose to leave school because they don’t know the opportunities they could have. This is a problem the project wants to solve. If we give freedom to young girls today, we will plant a seed which will germinate and set them, their daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters free. be adapted by other countries and regions based on their own realities. All activities are made with standardized banners and panels. It can contain specific information for each country such as statistics and inspirational female figures. Other activities such as film screenings can be adapted too. The entire project execution follows a carefully prepared schedule and its expenses are cheap. The Rescuing and Valuing Woman Project doesn’t need a big structure, or a large amount of money. What it needs to survive is to pass on the information and knowledge to more girls and motivate them to follow their dreams. Big changes take time to happen in society but little things like this are very significant in making a better world for all girls. The most interesting thing about this project is that it can About the Author Raphaele Godinho is a 17-year-old student based in Brazil in São Paulo state, in Mairinque city. She took part in a government program called “Youth Parliament of MERCOSUR”, which supports her project: “Rescuing And Valuing Woman”. Change Magazine September 2017 Change Magazine September 2017 9