12 months traveling the world, researching the challenges girls face and exploring ways we might further empower girls through design
who are you?
Katie Kirsch—a designer, non-profit founder, and activist based in CA and focused on designing ways to empower young women and girls.
What are you doing?
Taking a “gap year” to research the issues girls face, volunteer, and discover ways we might further empower girls through design.
What’s the latest?
Chatting with non-profits in India, Uganda, South Africa, the Philippines, and the US to explore ways we might collaborate next year.
in a nutshell:
Traveling the world for 12 months to listen & learn about the challenges girls face, and explore ways we might further empower girls through design.
Like a Masters in Design for Girls Empowerment, with a concentration in sexual health education, contraception, periods, and sex trafficking.
From January to December 2020, I’m excited to:
Listen and learn from extraordinary people from highly diverse backgrounds who bring a unique perspective to how we might empower girls.
Collaborate with inspiring non-profits on design projects and sprints to do tangible, hands-on work that moves the needle.
Immerse in diverse communities and cultures where the rules, rituals, and experiences of girls might look and feel radically different—such as in India, Africa, and the Philippines.
Attend conferences, events, and other gatherings to engage in pressing topics, new research, and key issues in this space.
Conduct in-depth research into the challenges that girls face globally through books, documentaries, podcasts, and other media.
Blog about everything that I’m learning, observing, and doing to share this journey with you. Celebrate and shine a light on the incredible work that so many people and organizations are already doing to impact girls. Amplify new voices and capture untold stories. #2020forgirls
At the end of the year, I might create a pop-up exhibit, launch an event series, publish a book, or do something totally different to share the journey. My hope is to find a creative way to make the year’s learnings actionable so that we all might have new tools, design methods, and ideas for how we might continue to impact girls together.