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10/25/2013 06:15 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Jimena Asturias

Jimena Asturias, 13 -- Jalapa, Guatemala

Jimena is a brave 13-year old girl leader from Guatemala. Over the past year Jimena has worked with a youth collective in Guatemala to bring an end to sexual violence against women and children in her community. Communities such as Jimena's often reject girls who are victims of sexual violence, doubly victimizing them and preventing them from attending school and accessing essential health services. Jimena advocates to change this discrimination against girls by working with regional and local organizations to ensure that girls get the education and health services they need, and to increase violence prevention programs in her community. Jimena believes that open access to education, health care, and other community services is a basic right for girls and is especially important for girls who have been victims of sexual abuse. Jimena powerfully reminds us that we all must raise our voices to stop violence against women and girls.

Jimena's Story: Hi. I am Jimena Asturias from Jalapa, Guatemala. I'd like to tell you my story about youth leadership. We work to stop sexual violence against women and children. We have worked with various institutions and NGOs. We have intervened in many cases to stop the expulsion of girls from educational, religious, and health centers, where they were kicked out for being pregnant, or a victim of sexual violence. Gracias.

Let Girls Lead is building a global movement to empower girls and their allies to lead social change through advocacy, education, economic empowerment, storytelling and strategic partnerships. Let Girls Lead's vision is that girls have the power to transform their own lives, families, communities and the world. Let Girls Lead has improved the education, health, and livelihoods of over 2 million girls globally.

Let Girls Lead's Global Girls' Conversation video contest highlights girls' power to create change by sharing their own solutions through short videos. The video contest is an exciting opportunity for girls, organizations working with girls and girls' allies to submit one to two-minute videos capturing girls' solutions and successes. In partnership with The Huffington Post, Let Girls Lead will feature these compelling videos on the Global Girls' Conversation interactive platform and on Huffington Post's Global Motherhood column, sharing girls' power to lead change with a global audience. Contest winners will receive $10,000 in cash, equipment, and training to create their own short films. For more information, please visit here.