She is the universe | Girls voices

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Raised by 41 people in 13 months

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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Hello dear friends!!! I am beyond grateful for your support on this. I have reached out to you all individually but wanted to give you an update so you know where we are with the project.

I have the date for the first video shoot! That will be happening the second week of July. I have decided to invite my niece Ann Marie (17 years old) to be my official partner in crime for this project. She is an excellent photographer and writer, and I am a lucky aunt/partner as she said yes!! You will be hearing about her a lot more, so stay tuned. Having the voice of a young girl, especially the person who inspires me the most, is a blessing. She will also be my first interviewee!!!

Things are moving forward, and I have a lot to do, but first things first. I would like to honor your commitment to my dream, so this is what’s next:

1- This month I am building the official website and would like to include the names of the 25 first beautiful supporters. I will need your emails for that. I will be reaching out to you tomorrow.

2- I will be inviting you to a private FB page. As I continue making decisions about the project, I would love to have you be part of the decision making process!

Thank you again for the support, for believing in me, but most importantly, for believing in this project!

If you have shared this campaign, THANK YOU!, if you feel like this should be shared, please do so! That is a huuuuge help to keep spreading the word.

This is happening!!!!! And I could not be more excited to bring this labor of love to life and share it with all of you!
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Raised by 41 people in 13 months
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