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Supporter Spotlight: Mira's Women for Women International Story

 

Today, we want to celebrate one of our amazing supporters, Mira Borggreen. From sponsoring a sister to attending #SheInspiresMeLive 2.0, to spreading the word about Women for Women International’s vital work, Mira embodies what it means to be part of our global sisterhood. We asked Mira to share her experience of being part of our global community. 

Looking back, I now see that several of the women who inspire me are somehow all connected to Women for Women International. So I guess it was only a matter of time before I would get involved too since I always look for opportunities to help other women rise and expand my sisterhood!

I first heard about Women for Women International when Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour at the Women for Women International Annual Luncheon in 2017. I am the founder of Danes for Hillary - a Danish grassroots organisation that supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. One of the reasons I support Hillary is her steadfast support for women and girls’ rights. 

Last spring, I went to see Gillian Anderson’s play All About Eve in London. I had no idea she was a Women for Women International Ambassador, but I saw on Instagram that she had set up an amazing opportunity to donate to Women for Women International at the play.

In August of last year, she posted on Instagram that everyone who signed up to sponsor a sister would receive a free copy of her and Jennifer Nadel’s book “We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere” I already had the book but I saw it as the perfect opportunity to sign up to sponsor a sister - and gift the book to my best friend.

 

"I first heard about Women for Women International when Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour at the Women for Women International Annual Luncheon in 2017."
"I first heard about Women for Women International when Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour at the Women for Women International Annual Luncheon in 2017."

I can honestly say getting involved in the Women for Women International global community has helped me stay positive and hopeful during 2020!

Mira Borggreen

My sponsored sister’s name is Marzia. She lives in Afghanistan and I write her a letter every month via Women for Women International’s online supporter area. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to respond yet, but I still love the opportunity to connect with her. It helps strengthen our connection and makes the sponsorship feel more like an actual friendship, which is why my letters have gone from starting with ‘Hello’ in the beginning to ‘Dear Marzia’ now!

Hopefully, she’ll be able to respond to me some day but I understand that there may be underlying reasons why she can’t and just knowing she receives my letters of encouragement and support makes me happy.

Sadly, COVID-19 has interrupted her training at Women for Women International due to lockdown causing the programme to be temporarily suspended - but to me being a sister means being a sister especially when something like COVID-19 hits. To make sure Marzia was not cut off from the programme prematurely due to something she has no control over, I chose to extend my sponsorship to cover her training until it is reopened and she can graduate.

I encourage anyone else who sponsors a sister to consider if they have the means and opportunity to do the same thing.

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