‘Resistance.’ From my blog What's in a Word
As a noun has stubbornness about it – it brings to mind French Résistance fighters, Star Wars, even the motley crew in Top Secret. But there is something refreshing in the simplicity of the verb ‘to resist’ – a ‘doing word’ that signals a peaceful action. I associate it with the Civil Rights movement – of refusing to get up out of a seat on a bus, or a stool at a counter.  Read more here

£2 from the sale of every resist necklace and brooch goes to The Girls’ Network. Their mission is to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models.

When Charly and Becca – two secondary school teachers in London witnessed the multiple barriers facing girls in their classrooms they set up a one-to-one mentoring scheme that became The Girls’ Network.  Research shows that conversations and personal relationships  have a big impact on challenging stereotypes and expectations. The Girls’ Network now operates across Greater London, Sussex, Portsmouth, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, the North East, and Liverpool City Region, working with more than 1,000 girls each year. 93% of girls on the programme last year said their mentor had improved their confidence, and 96% believe their mentor has helped them feel more positive about the future.

Could you be a mentor? Are you passionate about #unlimitedfutures for all young women? Watch their TED talk here, and contact them to get involved!