Meet these young women who turn passion into profit – while still in school
If Forbes had a 16 under 16 roster, these girls could very well be in the running for that.
Ten years ago, the United Nations (UN) declared October 11 International Day of the Girl to promote the need to recognize and respect the rights of girls, to address the unique challenges they face around the world and to empower them.
“Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they become women,” the UN said on its website.
“If effectively supported during adolescence, girls have the potential to change the world – both as empowered girls today and as workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, heads of households and others. political leaders of tomorrow, ”he added.
To mark this day, the UN encourages the global community to share stories of “inspiring adolescent girls” and “amplify their leadership, actions and impact to inspire others”.
And as CNA Women found out, there are three who live here in Singapore.
Amid the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic and pressures from school, Casey Chen, Derya Okten and Lara Manchharam tapped into their passions and turned them into side activities – a feat that even adults would struggle with .
For Casey, 15, making handmade jewelry was a hobby she first chose from her mother.
“I learned how to make charms and necklaces from my mom, who makes a lot of handcrafted things like soap, jewelry, crystals, phone cases and more,” she told CNA Women.
This year it occurred to him that starting a small business would be a “win-win” situation.
“I can’t just showcase my jewelry and my creativity, I can also earn pocket money,” said the Springfield high school student.
So in June she started @casreworkz, an Instagram account featuring beaded accessories such as bracelets, rings and phone charms, all edited in a grid designed around the on-trend ‘kidcore’ aesthetic.
Its accessories are priced between S $ 3.50 and S $ 15.