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Zeinab and The Girls Network

Posted on: 12th Jan 2022

The Girls’ Network aims to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities, by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models. The organisation is based on their fundamental belief that no girls should have their future limited by their gender, ethnicity, background, or income, that all girls should be supported to realise their ambitions, to discover their self-worth and develop their capacity to shape their own future.

This year, 20 students across Year 9 and 10 have been matched to mentors across various professional sectors. This is our second year of partnership and already so many of our girls have benefited from educational and enriching experiences with their mentors, from a range of industries including the media, and police force.

To mark the beginning of 2022, we caught up with one of our students participating in the programme to find out about their experience so far.

Zeinab! Great to catch up with you. Tell me about the Girls Network - are you enjoying it?

I love being a part of the Girls network. I love that I get to have mentoring sessions with an amazing female role model in a position I would like to be in when I grow up. I love the endless opportunities I get. And I love the way it makes me feel more prepared for my future. 

How do you feel that it is preparing you for the future?

It makes me feel less fearful for my future. Before I thought that gaining a place at University would be difficult and beyond my grasp. Now, I see it is a challenge I can overcome successfully. The future isn’t a scary time to come looming over me, but a very rewarding challenge, which I can create the way I want to. I have investigated the world of work and found the field I want to go into. I can now manage my study schedule and exam stress/ anxieties. 

 Great! Is there anything else we should know about your experience?

I really enjoy being a part of the girl's network because it does not put pressure on me at all. By this I mean that it only asks for my commitment and nothing else. I don't have to do well in tests or fill out endless forms to get the answers to feed my curiosity. 

The Girl's network is there for you, waiting for your questions and requests. For example, when I asked my mentor for an office day experience, she delivered and yet beyond and above. I am constantly reminded that I should not put too much pressure on myself. The Girl's Network has never felt like a homework task or school assignment; instead, it feels like making a professional friend there for all your needs, alleviating stresses and opening my eyes to realise that the possibilities I once thought were impossible, aren’t.

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