She is the universe | Girls voices

My passion is to give girls around the world an avenue to tell their stories.

Your support helps me spend more time traveling and interviewing teenage girls, and in turn amplifying their voices so we can hear what they want in life and how we can support them.

If this speaks to you, any donations you give will support my ongoing effort.

Thank you,

Laura Peña




My purpose is to help empower young women. For that, I am embarking on a year-long project, traveling around the world, creating a series of 111 short videos, featuring 13 to 18 year old girls.

Through the power of storytelling, I am exploring the question of what it means to be a girl in today’s age. I will talk to the girls about their dreams, hopes, fears, beliefs, and stories of success, defeat, and opportunities (or the lack thereof). This series and the community that will be built around it will help in continuing the conversation about the role of girls and women in our societies.

Why Girls?

Girls around the world still receive messages from society that lead them to believe that what they have to say, what they want, and what they dream does not matter. And even though we have made progress when it comes to seeing women as deserving human beings, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Yeah, but why girls??

Because maybe you, like me want to help this world be a better place for future generations! Data shows that when girls are empowered, they can lift themselves and everyone around them out of poverty. So by supporting girls’ dreams, giving them the confidence they need, together, we will be creating the women of the future, and we will be helping transform the world.



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Portland, OR
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