Our programs conform to the notion of empowerment. Empowerment is a process
of facilitating, instilling, and providing the means for girls to overcome the obstacles they face to attaining full access to their human rights-Our color is royal purple and symbolizes royalty, strength, wisdom, power and positivity. This is what we want to instill in girls especially in Africa to restore their lost confidence due to harmful cultural practices.
What we do and how we do it?
The empowerment of girls in Africa is key to their transformation into powerful leaders who are able to walk in the fullness of their potential. While girls have the ability to address the challenges they face, to do so they need external support. We intend to provide the means for girls to stand up in exploitative situations and claim their rights. Our programs do not seek to give a fish, but rather to give a fishing rod. Given the many obstacles girls face in Africa it is imperative that we develop a critical mass movement at the grassroots level that is vibrant and well coordinated to break the cycle of poverty and violence. This program promotes a culture of prevention and provides girls with the life skills necessary to be self-sustaining and independent. Empowerment is a lifetime investment that girls will perpetually benefit from, therein bettering their lives, communities, nations, and the world.
GCNW programs support and promote girls’ rights, empowerment and education by reaching out to and advancing the circumstances of girls wherever they are economically deprived, at risk of abuse, subject to harmful cultural practices, or living in areas of instability. The empowerment of girls in Africa is key to their transformation into powerful leaders who are able to walk in the fullness of their potential. While girls have the ability to address the challenges they face, to do so they need support.
Our programs provide the means for girls to stand up in exploitative situations and claim their rights. Our programs do not seek to give a fish, but rather to give a fishing rod. Given the many obstacles girls face in Africa it is imperative that we develop a critical mass movement at the grassroots level that is vibrant and well-coordinated to break the cycle of poverty and violence. This program promotes a culture of prevention and provides girls with the life skills necessary to be self-sustaining and independent. Empowerment is a lifetime investment that girls will perpetually benefit from, therein bettering their lives, communities, nations, and the world.
Our Programs are as follows:
Replication of Girl Child Empowerment in Africa
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. The organization has emerged out of the exploitative personal experiences undergone by girls and women around the world, and the resulting experience, passion, and commitment makes it possible to move seamlessly from the African village to the global village. GCNW is meant to be the center of coordination and learning, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and resources.
The systematic transmission of the GCNW model as developed in Zimbabwe, through streamlined activities, leadership development, and established quality standards advances the circumstances of girls in Africa and worldwide.
2009 to 2013, we established 300 additional girls’ empowerment clubs in Africa to combine with the 700 that currently exist in Zimbabwe alone. In order to streamline the empowerment process, all girls’ clubs access the empowerment training and support. We support over 100 000 girls in four African countries.
Each and every country that has replicated our Girl Child Empowerment Model works within the laws of their country and all programs carried out in countries of operations were designed after needs assessments. Take a tour of our country projects
GCNW affiliated representatives in various countries will be trained in the UK or by a mobile team consisting of the CEO, Program Officers, and GCNW-affiliated staff in their respective countries. The training targets the following:
• Country directors
• Aspiring country directors
• Aspiring club coordinators (who run a cluster of clubs)
• Club presidents (the girls themselves – this is very important)
• Preparing additional trainers for GCNW affiliates
Girls’ Empowerment and Education Fund
Young women and girls in Africa and all over the world have been waiting for someone courageous enough to fill the gap and fund the need for girl empowerment and education. They now know there is somewhere to turn: GCNW is ready to offer financial assistance to all girls in need. The organization has launched a Girls’ Empowerment and Education Fund (GEEF), which is the first ever international girls’ fund giving girls small grants to promote self-reliance, the creation of girls’ clubs, and girl-run development projects not supported elsewhere because of various bureaucratic systems.
GEEF has been officially launched with an initial capital of $60,000 during the first 3 months since the formation of GCNW. GCNW receives an average of $2,000 monthly. It is hoped as fundraising efforts intensify, additional funds will be raised for GEEF. GCNW currently has over 103 requests for funding from girls` groups in four different countries. Our assistance is granted primarily to girls who are in poverty-stricken areas, and those in child-headed families with no other means of survival and who cannot support their education due to poverty, discrimination, and gender inequality.
It has never before been possible for a girl from the rural areas to write a project proposal, submit it across the miles and be confident that she will receive a response. She knows her request will not be ignored and she will receive all the support she needs. This is a revolution in the philanthropic world where girls from rural areas begin to receive life-changing grants directly. GCNW has opened doors for rural girls and we have received over 68 proposals from girls with as short as three sentences to six pages long. We have aroused the eagerness and zeal in girls to stand up and do something to unleash their potential and get access to safe funding.
The basic argument we present in GEEF is that there is no way we can give more money to women`s groups when we do not fund the foundation of their leadership as girls. The education and empowerment of girls that is initiated by the girls themselves is now fully supported and has started to give a ray of hope to future women leaders. It is evident through bright smiling faces and emails girls sent to us that we see them now being development partners rather than mere recipients.
This initiative will raise 3 million U.S. dollars by the end of the set 5-year period through the Million Dollar Girl-to-Girl Campaign.
The GEEF will consider proposals from girls to do the following:
- Carry out self-help projects to earn income
- Pay school fees to complete high school
- Pay university tuition fees to pursue a professional occupation
- Help create girls’ clubs
- Fund girls’ clubs activities
- Offer emergency support in violent situations
GEEF accepts proposals from impoverished individual girls or groups of girls who show deep financial need and constitute one or more of the following:
- Member of a girls’ club
- Provide for their siblings
- Parents are deceased, incapacitated, or have left the country to earn income
Trustees ratify grants for girls, and in the event of emergency situations, the CEO may permit a small discretionary grant.
Girls-at-Risk Support Program
This program provides 24-hour emergency services to abused girls, especially for those who want to disclose abuse following GCNW awareness campaigns. GCNW carries out rescues for potential abuse victims, accompanies them to the police, social welfare agencies, and other children’s service and women’s organizations as appropriate. They also provide referrals for legal aid, shelter, counseling, and relocation of rape survivors. Finally, GCNW conducts self-empowerment courses to aid victims of sexual, physical, emotional, and economic abuse and offers follow-up rehabilitation, scholarships, and reinstatement into school.
Since 1998 to date the Girls-at-Risk Support Program has tracked and tackled over 70 000 cases of child sexual abuse in six of Zimbabwe’s provinces, providing legal and psychosocial support to abused girls and their families, taking a dual approach through prosecution of the abusers and rehabilitation of the abused children. Most of the girls who have been supported in this way have managed to return to their education, including several who have since completed tertiary education.
In summation, the program provides:
- Emergency rescue operations for girls at risk. An integral part of GCNW is its Girls’ Empowerment Villages which serve as community – supported safe houses for girls who have been affected by abuse
- Reinstatement of sexually abused, orphaned, and vulnerable girls into schools
- Rehabilitation of girls in safer family homes
- Women As Role Models (WARM) Program to link women achievers with poor girls for educational sponsorship
- Effective referral service to all survivors of abuse especially rape
Girls’ Empowerment Villages
If a girl child is identified as endangered, the Girls-at-Risk Support Unit undertakes several strategic interventions and may implement emergency services. The unit undertakes emergency rescue missions, rehabilitation, and reintegration of girls-at-risk as well as providing access to education for survivors of abuse. The unit may also place particularly vulnerable girls within Girls’ Empowerment Villages. These are safe and secure havens for girls within the rural communities of Zimbabwe that are run by professional social workers. They allow girls to heal from abuse and get referrals from police, social services, and the judicial system. In addition, girls can access medical attention, psychological support, education, training, empowerment, and justice. The village enables victimized girls to transform into survivors and leaders. It acts to shelter and protect girls, allows for information exchange involving counseling and rehabilitation, and acts as a social support system. These villages include actual physical space with dormitories and a center where girls can gather. We will increase the number of Girls’ Empowerment Villages from the current 4, all in Zimbabwe, to a total of 8. The 4 additional villages will be located in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa.
Women As Role Models (WARM) Program
There are many influential women who want to make a difference in the lives of girls. WARM intends to mobilize women to do small acts of charity in their own communities in order to support disadvantaged girls, especially in Africa. A woman role model is one who is a great leader and achiever in all spheres of her life. She is best described as a female who has worked hard to overcome patriarchy and works as an equal partner with men in her field and inspires girls to achieve the same through moral and financial support. A woman role model is a clear example of a leader who, through sheer hard work and determination, has overcome numerous obstacles to achieve success educationally, socially, economically, and politically.
- Mobilising women role models to fundraise for girls in poor countries
- Visiting schools and registering girls to donate one dollar per year to support girls education in poor countries
- Connecting with a group of girls within a poor country and making donations such as soap, books, clothes and other such basic necessities.
GCNW has achieved a lot for the girl child with the help of women role models. Over the years we have seen many more women responding favorably to uplift girl children. WARM has greatly enriched GCNW as it is evident that women and girls work much closer together than before. Any woman who has made a difference in the girls’ lives is invited to receive a certificate of recognition for the fact that she has made significant contributions to GCNW.
Monitoring and Evaluation of GEEF
The key to the success of GEEF and GCNW is to ensure all affiliates are thoroughly trained to assist girls in implementing projects and to monitor the application and use of funds by girls. A GEEF officer is currently developing a grant procedure manual and is also training staff among affiliates to help monitor and evaluate the impact of GEEF on girls.
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Advocacy and Speak out
- Girls must be in classrooms and not bedrooms
- If condoms are free so should sanitary pads
- Give rapists deterrent sentences
- Girls lives threatened
- We speak out at key international gatherings and policy-making forums to highlight issues challenging girls worldwide
- We will spend 25 percent of organizational time in international advocacy
We will continue to raise our voices to expose pressing threats to girls. We will speak out at key international gatherings, policy-making forums and whatever platform we are given to highlight issues challenging girls in Africa.
Join boys in USA who are speaking out at Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles. Your school can organise such events and post your work to us .
At Sierra Canyon school in Los Angeles it is now a new turn of history where boys have taken fight for gender equality. The girls clubs have taken another twist and boys are at forefront of support and leadership. all they vow to see is end to abuses african girls go through. we are seeing the boys in a few years as US leaders and with their determination the world will be better for girls
Be one of our Ambassadors in your community like Jolene Thomas. Jolene campaigns for girls sanitary pads
Join our Advocate and Speak out Facebook group and add your voice to many issues affecting girls. All high passionate advocates for girls rights are there:
As an individual, use social media to protest for stiffer sentences for rapists
Still in the same spirit Betty, this story got me thinking the whole day really what criteria do these judges use when passing sentences? A rapist is sentenced to 15 years in jail 5 of which are suspended on good behaviour, 8 mote are suspended because the accused is a first time offender. The same with murder. I am seething with anger Betty can anyone please tell me the justification of such inhumanity. A person raped is scarred for life, the memory is ached deep in their heart, mind and soul and someone pays for this by serving a mere 2 year jail term! A person murdered is gone for good, family lives are destroyed and the murderer gets a poultry 5 or 10 year jail term. Honestly is that justice enough? Are these years serving as a consolation to the offended or they actually open old wounds. Is the judicial system not being too lenient with these aggressive people? Honestly who doesn’t know that it is wrong to rape and kill? So why afford pity to pitiless violent individuals? Justice must prevail effectively if these perpetrators are found guilty they must be slapped with a deserving jail term that will make the offended feel appeased and a discouragement to up coming perpetrators…
Organise a press conference, march, organise global events and invite our organisation to speak. Sponsor an event for us in parliaments and UN events.
Join our radio program every Monday with Betty Makoni on www.zimpowerfm.org at 8pm UK time
Betty Makoni is invited to speak at many advocacy platforms. Such events help amplify her voice for many invisible girls in Africa. Invite GCNW to speak. Lets strengthen the movement round the globe.
Invite us to speak on your radio or television.