Rwanda’s Powerful, Gentle Voice of Change

“I love music because it soothes me. I play my guitar, and I feel happy…”

Consolée is a 19-year-old Rwandan girl whose songs caught the attention of her community, and helped them discover the potential of listening to a girl. Her story was featured in the Girl Hub teen-magazine, Ni Nyampinga, to inspire thousands of other girls across Rwanda.

“My neighbors thought it was really strange I was a girl who played music. They seemed astonished, but they’re getting used to it.”

When it was clear to her father that his daughter had a talent and love of music, he chose to sell his cow to buy her a guitar. Today, she takes it with her everywhere, to church, to school. Her father believes, “For our children to cope with today’s times, they need to open their minds. I would not treat a child any differently because they are a girl.”

4GGL thanks The Girl Effect for bringing this story to our attention.

The Girl Effect is about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world. 

BONUS:  Check out this Summer Self-Dare and India.Arie’s
fantastic song and video about learning to love yourself unconditionally

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