Our History

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In 2014 I noticed my then five-year-old daughter didn't feel comfortable trying new things and lacked the self-confidence to step outside her comfort zone.  I didn't really like the idea of my daughter, or any other girl, being afraid to live a full & rich life because of a lack of self confidence and fear. Therefore, I decided to launch SisuGirls in Singapore to inspire and encourage bravery, determination and resilience (sisu) in not only my daughter, but also other girls, through adventure programming and by showcasing strong, positive and healthy female role models.  

Not long after we started activities in Singapore, Rachel Jacqueline and Mel Shadforth launched SisuGirls in Hong Kong and Lizi Hamer joined the team in Singapore.  Soon enough we were running skateboarding, rock climbing, running and holiday programs across Hong Kong and Singapore.

After three years of organic growth and trying many new ideas (books, podcasts, workshops) we have decided to re-launch SisuGirls as We Are Sisu, as we believe true gender equality comes from working together and we are aware than not all our community related to the term SisuGirls.  We have also decided to focus the organisation on community and being a volunteer-led organisation - a non-profit movement.  Our intention is not to organise or host structured curriculum adventure programs, but to provide the platform for passionate volunteers to bring people of all ages and abilities together in inspiring, safe and supportive ways.

We Are Sisu's HQ is in Dungog, Australia, but our vision is for the We Are Sisu movement to be truly Glocal, that is - We Are Sisu will always have a global mindset but will act with local community in mind. Our dream is for passionate volunteers from all regions across the globe to create community groups of sisu and bring people together to try new things in safe and supportive environments while sharing the sisu values of bravery, determination and resilience. 

Our vision is for all of us to be living with sisu in connected and equal communities. 


 Three of the original SisuGirls in Singapore in October 2014

Three of the original SisuGirls in Singapore in October 2014