How many of us can say we kickstarted our human rights activism at the age of 13 or 14?
When I first approached Jules Spector, I had no idea how famous the 13-year old blogger was. I was purely impressed by her activism and for running a teen feminist blog dedicated to upholding the perspective of feminism from the teenage perspective. Over the summer she interviewed Afghan teen activist Malala Yousafzai for an ABC documentary. She is also an active Un Foundation Girl Up member who envisions a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.
We reached out to her to get her help to have her eyes on our game content. She spent a few hours with us over Skype and made sure to inform us “never use the words dude, chick and lame in your game”. Apparently, that is a 13-year old faux pas.
Fast forward a few months later; and we found ourselves play testing in person with Jules and her well-educated Girl Up club friends. A group clearly being preened to be the next leaders.
What we learn each time we play test is how to stay humble.
How might we empower girls to be educated and healthy leaders? We can start by really listening and working closely with them as the experts in their own lives. By truly valuing their opinions and giving them the tools to design the services that are targeted towards them. To really tackle sex trafficking and early- teen sexual exploitation we need to know what works best for them. These girls were so helpful and really expressed what worked and what didn’t work in the game.
Thanks for play testing with us girls!