Rebel Girls has joined forces with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and will donate $100,000 to the organisation over the next year.
Rebel Girls – the award-winning "cultural media engine" behind the bestselling book series and podcast, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – began as a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter before the first title was snapped up by Penguin Random House imprint Particular Books. Now Rebel Girls will partner with IRC to support refugee women who are aspiring entrepreneurs and refugee girls who are aspiring leaders.
Rebel Girls’ donations will be used to fund immediate IRC needs, in addition to the IRC’s Women’s Protection and Girls Empowerment programmes.
Programmes that Rebel Girls will implement in coordination with the IRC include a match donation campaign during Christmas 2019 and a celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day - with two programmes at IRC’s San Diego Women’s Center, close to Rebel Girls’ Californian HQ - in March 2020. Further details about the global partnership will be announced at a later date.
Rebel Girls c.e.o. Elena Favilli, said: “I am pleased to announce our commitment to the International Rescue Committee, in a longstanding endeavour to help refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls. As an immigrant myself, I have been witness to the difficulties associated with resettlement in a new country – though I cannot begin to imagine the hardship that most endure. Rebel Girls has always supported immigrant women through the telling of their stories, and my intention is for Rebel Girls to continually break barriers as champions for immigration around the world.”
Colleen Ryan, the IRC’s global vice president of global communications and content, added: “We are grateful and thrilled to partner with Rebel Girls to help women and girls rescue their dignity, hope, and potential. Our aim is to empower and encourage refugee women and girls to dream, think, and achieve as big as the incredible women featured in Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.”