in Norway, a seven year old girl is standing outside in the snow, wearing nothing
but a nightgown, looking up at the stars. She’s thinking: Why am I here?
It has been
a long time since the little girl found the answers she was seeking. Through
her determination, her visions and strong faith in the power of the individual,
she created the organization Born Global, which has inspired and strengthened
role models worldwide.
A journey through
Asia led Anne-Katrine to Nepal, a country she felt a close connection to.
Through Save the Children she was connected to a project in Nepal, working to
get girls away from prostitution and into education and work.
– I was
happy to discover that there were female employees in Save the Children’s
partner organizations and seeing how well they worked with women and children
out in the field. When I had meetings with the organizations, however, and saw
these women standing silently and respectfully behind the men, who were sitting
down, I thought: What happened to their evaluations and knowledge? Then and
there I felt a strong, unknown togetherness. I, too, have found it difficult to
come forward with my views and opinions, and I fervently wanted to provide them
with opportunities to strengthen their self-image and develop some skills that
would enable them to participate actively in the discussions and the decision
At Save the
Children, Anne-Katrine meets Sita Ghimire, who at the time was working for Save
the Children’s trafficking project. Two different women from different parts of
the world, with different backgrounds, different opportunities, but with the
“We were both eager to give women strength and provide them
with opportunities. It gave us an amazing feeling when we saw women in our
training evolve from not wanting to present themselves to take the floor on the
third day. A tremendous growth had taken place.”