It is the day we have been waiting for! We are excited to unveil our new fundraising campaign, “Give Her Five”. The campaign highlights the positive impact Skateistan is having on the lives of girls in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa. It launches with an inspiring animation called “Her Story” about an Afghan girl empowered by skateboarding and education.
From December 5th, we are asking you to Give Her Five by donating $5 in a bid to raise $100,000 by December 31st. We believe girls have an equal right to be safe, play sport, go to school, have confidence, and become leaders. 50% of our student are girls. At our Skate Schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa, girls are skateboarding and learning together in much-needed safe spaces. Since 2009, skateboarding has proven to be a powerful tool for girls to access education, with Afghanistan being home to the highest percentage of female skateboarders in the world.
“This is a very important campaign because girls deserve the same chances in life that boys get. The Skateistan community cares a lot about girls empowerment and you can support this!” says Skateistan Executive Director, Oliver Percovich.
About one-third of countries in developing regions still need to achieve gender parity in primary education (UN Sustainable Development Goals 2016), but Skateistan is actively working to change that and provide opportunities for girls. Throughout “Give Her Five”, we will share real-life stories of empowerment. From girls who have found their confidence through sport, to students who have gained scholarships to private school and women who have traveled overseas to skateboard with the world’s best. Skateistan has proven that when given the right opportunities, girls can change their lives, their communities, and ultimately the world.