My Launch gURLs Journey: A Brief Reflection
This article was contributed by Museera Moghis. Museera is one of our Launch gURLs interns who has helped make our Girl Boss pilot possible!
All my life I grew up starkly aware of all the privilege I had access to: the privilege of education, the privilege of a good home, the privilege to dream, and, more importantly, the privilege to work towards achieving that dream. As much as I’d like to claim that this was because of my ability to reflect from a very young age, in all honesty, that is hardly the case. At the age of 20, I’m only just beginning to learn to be more self-aware. I was cognizant of this privilege because I had constant reminders of it: from my family’s humble beginnings in the small city of Khanewal, Pakistan to my parents’ struggle to ensure that their kids lived good lives. My parents shifted jobs and moved countries, seeking better opportunities and eventually, my privilege became growing up in the Middle East. Living abroad came with a strong sense of responsibility to give back to the most vulnerable in my home, Pakistan and as I learn more about the world, this responsibility grows above and beyond geographical borders.
For me, the most direct way to have an impact came through the social sciences that would help pave my way into fields like international development and working with non-governmental organizations. At university, I decided to double major in Political Science and Public Policy. While I have immense love for these majors, they also serve as occasional gut-wrenching reminders of everything in the world that needs to be worked on. One of those reminders unfortunately happens to be the obvious gender inequality that exists in the world and the amount of work that needs to go into decreasing the gap.
Through Launch gURLs, an organization created by women for women, I learned not only about the power that girls and women already possess, but also about how incredible they can be when they have the right tools and guidance. For the first time in my life, I was in a space with no male influence, across all teams. My thoughts, opinions, and suggestions were given their due weight and there was the perfect balance between guidance and liberty. I learned about the endless potential I had when I knew that someone trusted me to do well, and was genuinely interested in knowing what I had to say. Through these experiences and daily (online) interactions, I learned that a woman’s place was everywhere; she is meant to have the ability to dream and, like the privileged few, have the world help her achieve those dreams.
During my time at Launch gURLs, I have started to understand my place in the larger scheme of things. I have learned that no positive change is a small change; I have learned to celebrate my victories (thank you Averil!); and, lastly, to be confident in my abilities as a woman. Seeing how much this team has influenced me in just two months, I cannot wait to see how it will continue to influence the lives of girls all over the world. I am forever going to be in awe of the strong, powerful women I have had the chance to work with and I will also continue to be grateful to Lyndsey, Averil, and Agata who saw potential in me and let me work with them. To me, Girl Boss is a program that is going to make this world a more equitable one and will forever continue to remind girls around the world of their endless potential.
Enjoyed learning about Museera’s experience with Launch gURLs? Learn more about what it was like for Patricia to be a part of our Girl Squad here!