On International Day of the Girl we’re sharing some of the projects from our teams in South Asia which amplify and advocate for the voices of girls.
This year at WOW Karachi 2023, classically trained Zara Madani took to the stage with a newly created group of visually-challenged girls from Ida Rieu. The British Council proudly supports women and girls through programs like WOW – Women of the World Festival ( , that celebrates women and girls and highlights the challenges they face in reaching their potential.
Take a look at two short films from our Camera Sika filmmaking grant in Nepal.
"BACK TO SCHOOL" is a short film created by young talents from Sunflower Academy in Jhapa, Nepal. This film tells the story of a young girl taken out of school by her father to help with chores at home. The film was produced during a five-day Camera Sika program organised by the British Council and Into Film.
"CHANGING CLIMATE, CHANGING CHILDREN" focuses on the Patalay Village in Nepal, where young girls are affected by water scarcity. Traditional gender roles compel them to fetch water, sometimes at the expense of their education. This film sheds light on the lives of these young girls and how they are impacted by climate change. It was created by Annapurna, thanks to a British Council Road to COP x Camera Sika filmmaking grant.
WOW Bangladesh returned this year celebrating the achievements and challenges women face not only in Bangladesh but around the world. WOW Bangladesh featured panel discussions, mentoring, performances, exhibitions, and interactive workshops focused on children and gender equality exploring themes of women of strength and understanding different communities.