Registered Charity in England and Wales-Number 1139112
Our Journey:From African Village to The Global Village- Mobilising global support
A warm welcome to Girl Child Network Worldwide(GCNW) by Her Royal Highness Princess `Deun Adodyin- Solarin -Chair of Trustees.
Girl Child Network Worldwide is at the centre of a global commitment to gathering, codifying,training and promoting the experiences and expertise of African girl advocates and marginalised girls who are invisible.
Our mission is to support and promote girls’ rights, empowerment, and education by reaching out to and advancing the circumstances of African girls who are economically deprived, at risk of abuse, subject to harmful cultural practices, or living in areas of instability.
Girl Child Network Worldwide envisions girls in Africa are empowered and retained in school to attain quality education with support of whole communities. Quality education in a violent free, supportive and conducive environment in the home, school and community builds their career aspirations leading them to walk in the fullness of their potential as women leaders. Read More
Girl Child Network Started In A Classroom
The need to establish an organisation to champion the rights of girl children in Zimbabwe was perceived in 1998 by Betty Makoni after listening to the horrifying experiences of ten of her female students. Her personal experiences of abuse as a child further fuelled her determination. An informal discussion group was subsequently created to provide a safe forum for girls to meet and talk freely about their problems and devise possible solutions.
This initial group became the first girls’ empowerment club in Zimbabwe.
The GCNW Empowerment Model has worked very well in Zimbabwe and in other parts of Africa, however, its transformation into GCNW comes at a time when its founding members strongly feel an international platform would unite girls in their activism and allow them to speak out with one well coordinated voice, ensuring a clear worldwide leadership and solidarity on issues affecting the girl child. GCNW is meant to be the center of coordination and learning, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and resource.
In England, the Girls’ Empowerment Center is the empowerment strategy and replication of our model to serve both girls in Africa and those locally as evidently problems girls face are universal. The GCNW Empowerment Center model is not replicating aspects already served locally but will instead act as a center for research, the accumulation of knowledge and dissemination of best practices, consultancy, and training regarding issues such as sheltering girls-at-risk and on harmful cultural practices. Training is a core activity of the GCNW Center in the UK in order to facilitate the employment and development of the girl child empowerment model. The girls empowerment model puts a spotlight on many African traditions to empower and protect girls and that are positive and can be used in fight for gender equality.