GirlForward is a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.

Over 60 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes.  In conflict, girls are especially vulnerable to violence, isolation, and being kept out of school. Girls who receive resettlement in the United States face huge challenges: poverty, language barrier, limited or disrupted education, isolation, and trauma. But when girls succeed, everyone benefits. That’s where GirlForward comes in.

This combined friendraiser/fundraiser drew 100 supporters on a Sunday afternoon to Firehouse Chicago, where they ate, drank, bid in the silent auction and listened to GirlForward girls’ inspiring stories of challenges and triumphs.