As media makers and media scholars, the Cross Stitch Project founding partners have a strong interest in the community and rights building capabilities of technology. We are particularly dedicated to promoting media expression and training for girls in the developing world. Continued discrimination against girls in education and in social, political, and economic spheres, put girls in the least powerful position in many developing nations. Girls have little opportunity and space for self-expression and consequently very little control over their lives.
Girls’ media projects are one way to help girls build confidence and to urge them to speak out and gain power in their own lives. This is even more important in developing nations, where access to technology can itself be a major hurdle for girls; even the idea of a girl using technology is often socially unacceptable.
By connecting young women to share ideas, learn cross-cultural communication skills, and access new technologies through creative collaboration, we allow global girls to interact as peers and to build a sense of solidarity and empowerment.