Halle Paredes is a half Filipino singer/songwriter attending Connecticut College as a junior studying public health and international politics. Her work as a performer is inspired by mental health advocacy, gender equality, human rights, and global health and education. Halle joined Girl Be Heard in April of 2013 and has loved every minute of it. Among many, some of her favorite performance opportunities through the organization include writing the anthem “Words on Fire” for the Malala Fund and meeting the incredible Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, and performing at UNICEF’s International Day of the Girl/Child 2015, and performing for Lin and Luis Manuel Miranda when they received Girl Be Heard’s inaugural Fairy Godfather awards.
“I joined Girl Be Heard in 2013 as a quiet 13 year-year-old struggling with anxiety and depression. Girl Be Heard gave me a safe space to develop not only as a writer and performer but a global citizen. The work I’ve had the opportunity to do with Girl Be Heard has provided me with a purpose and conviction to use my voice to inspire change. Nearly 8 years later, I credit much of my drive for activism and social change with the education and opportunities Girl Be Heard has provided me. Girl Be Heard turned my whisper into a roar, and I’m eternally grateful to Jessica and the other powerful womxn in this incredible organization”