#GirlsGrabBack is the culmination of over a decade of steadfastly working for girl’s rights – it encompasses the three-tiered supplement to realizing this dream for girls everywhere, through education, economic empowerment and girl protection. Our team strives to achieve this through our explorative content and ground projects.
Hannah’s belief that every girl has the right to be educated has been the driving force to empower girls by providing resources to educational tools and increase international awareness and responsibilities. Hannah is also currently pursuing a degree at Duke University.
Bio Photography courtesy of Marina Frattaroli.
After visiting her grandmother’s home in Axum, Ethiopia and developing a friendship with a young girl her age, Hannah decided she wanted to keep in touch with this friend as a pen-pal. After talking to her parents, she discovered she didn’t have the writing supplies to do so. Moved by this, Hannah started the Pencil Mountain Project. Beginning with a donation from Canadian communities of 25,000 school supplies to rural public schools in Ethiopia – the vision has expanded to medical supplies, wheelchairs, university resources and much more, as Hannah has witnessed other needs develop over a decade of traveling through the country.
To date, over half a million supplies have been distributed throughout Ethiopia. Hannah then began working as an advocate in partnership with several organizations – including UNICEF Ethiopia, to raise awareness about harmful traditional practices such as child marriage and female genital cutting and the importance of girl’s education and economic empowerment in eradicating them. She penned op-eds for CNN, spoke at the World Economic Forum, and in 2016 – travelled to Afambo, Afar to explore girls rights through a documentary film for VICE Impact.