Girl Child Network Worldwide Celebrates United Nations International Day for the Girl Child
Awarding African girls who excel-Girls Are Innovators and Achievers and not sex objects
Girls Awards information package Click here
United Nations Day of the Girl Child Declaration Click here
African Girls Lead—The stories of self-empowerment
Empowering the girl child: Building the woman leader
Official Announcement of Six Award Winners 2014-Selected from 53 nominees in UK
African Girls Empowerment and Leadership Award Launch (AGELA) 10 October, 2014
Award Winner-Young Leadership, Entrepreneur, Athletic and Interest in Male Dominated Field of Maths – Lisa Oluwamumirire Oluwole
Aspiring Pilot, Academic Excellence, Speaker and Community Champion -Aaliyah Alie-Sesay Aaliyah
Top in Academics, Peer Mentor, Overcame life hurdles of being a newcomer to UK, Peer Tutor in School -Mabinty Sesay Profile
NGO Undergaduate with vision to support the marginalised, Volunteered for Girl Child Network Sierra Leone, Community Leader and Champion- Sylvia Kamara
Top Musician who reached the finals in search for talent in UK, Prolific speaker, Community Champion and Innovator -Tamara Msingama
African Girls Empowerment and Leadership Award Launch
11 October, 2013
Girls at Our Lady`s Convent in London send letters of love, hope and solidarity to girls in Africa on UN Day Of The Girl Child. These letters will be compiled into a book to be launched on 11 October 2013 at Our Lady`s Convent.
United Nations announced that 11 October of every year is International Day for the Girl Child. This is a day set aside to focus on issues to do with the girl child. Girl Child Network Worldwide has partnered with Our Lady`s Convent School for girls in London to celebrate this day and raise awareness of the plight of girls, especially girls in Africa and UK. On 11 October 2012, girls at Our Lady`s Convent in London formed a committee to spearhead celebrations to mark UN Day of the Girl Child in 2013. They agreed to organise the event for 2013.During the launch of UN Day of the Girl Child at Our Lady`s Convent in London, Betty Makoni, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network Worldwide announced that a first-ever Global Award for girls in Africa is launched and this will recognise girls in remote parts of Africa who are invisible, disadvantaged and marginalised and to encourage girls to come out to the global village and share their stories of triumph in leadership in shaping and changing their families, communities and schools. Much as we want to think women leadership starts later in life, Betty Makoni`s story started with her leading a group of vendor girls on the streets in her poor high density suburb in Chitungwiza in 1977. Betty now leads a network of over 1000 girls clubs in Africa and worldwide. According to Betty Makoni, “We were businesswomen in the making, but no one was there to hold our hands and protect us. Today I really feel I was a leader that no one noticed.”
This award (AGELA) will be the first of its kind to be named after prominent women who have exceled in various leadership positions and who will mentor the girls during their one week-long visit to the UK or USA. This award is also the first of its kind to bring worldwide effort to inspire girls through women role models. Every year ten women will be selected and awards named after them. Every girl will be linked directly to the women for whatever support they can give.
The award combines a week-long exchange visit by ten girls who will be given a five day mentoring and coaching class in leadership by their mentors, and will attend schools, businesses, Universities and churches to share their work. A day donor and all-stakeholders’ conference will be held in London to allow girls to articulate issues affecting them and to discuss how donors can support their effort. In short, the week will be fully packed with events to garner financial, human and in-kind donations for girls.
What we want to do and achieve
By launching this award and bringing ten African girl leaders, we want the world to see and know that girls are not the victims everyone reads about. Many girls are leading in many different ways and using various strategies: these are the strategies we want to document and share widely. We want to highlight the more positive side of African girls, which we can capitalise on, replicate and scale up. There is so much work girls do in families, communities and schools, and unless we listen to the stories, we will not appreciate their full potential. We also want the award to create an advocacy platform for girls and a network of girls working in partnership.
We want to raise awareness on the many strategies developed and implemented to solve problems girls meet in life, to use all available forms of technology to unleash the potential of girls so that girls speak to the whole world, develop enthusiasm amongst girls to showcase creativity in solving problems in their communities, mobilize women role models to mentor and coach girls using technology and other means, build a network of motivated young women who want to be mentors to girls in Africa, and build networks of young female journalists, bloggers, tweeter experts and social media experts.
Strategy, Award categories and unleashing girls power in non gender stereotype areas
Our strategy is to launch an award for girls in Africa and UK in the following ten categories. We use these categories with full knowledge that we want to bring out something unique and never awarded before. For each award we are going to identify a woman who has excelled in that field and invite them to name the prize after themselves. We want to identify those who can give scholarships; airlines who can offer free tickets to some girls for the awards ceremony will be most appreciated. Girls aged 13 to 18 will be selected for the award first in their countries and then 20 shortlisted girls will be selected by a panel of UK girls and other judges based on the following criteria:
- Most outstanding in leadership – must prove leadership in a community project
- Transformation from victim to leader: most Inspiring girl in the world
- Most accomplished unpublished writers–their works will be published
- Most determined and hardworking orphaned girl
- Thriving despite HIV, abuse and neglect
- From forced marriage to freedom to education
- Breaking into a male dominated field –excelling
- Innovative income generating project –money from our hands
- Young politician-the President in the making
- The invisible rural girl child
Our appeals to sponsors and your logo will be posted on our website
Girl Child Network Worldwide is a registered charity in UK and welcomes any donors, supporters and friends to make this event possible. Please contact us and share your area of expertise and we will be more than happy to work with you. Feel free to donate and advertise your products at all our events. Donations in cash and kind can be made to www.girlchildnetworkworldwide.org
Venue for awards Dinner,Trophies and cash awards,Donations in kind-food and drinks,Clothing, Printing,Volunteers and Ushers,Experts in tweeting,Website designers,Airlines to offer free flights,UK embassies to waive visas-We will FCO to help us,Photographers,Film makers,Story writers,Host families,Schools to host speakers,Churches to host speakers,Leadership coaches and trainers,Reading books,Laptops,Cameras,Sewing machines,Sanitary pads,Make up kits,Transport,Lunches,Dinners,Auctioning goods,Donation of mileage,Musicians,Poets,Exhibitors;The list is endless so please feel free to donate anything you can. Also join us on our Facebook page!
Girl Child Network Worldwide and its leadership enjoy worldwide honour and acclaim
Girl Child Network Worldwide Chief Executive Officer and the charity started their work in Africa and they carry the stories of girls with passion. The following organisations have awarded them for creativity, excellence and effective girls empowerment programs. Some and not all awards are listed below. Please feel free to join the organisation in being a worldwide leader in promoting empowerment, education and the rights of girls. Now it is time to extend the awards and honors to many invisible girls who have taken the organisation to greater heights. It is our hope that the world will support this program and every year we think which ten girls from Africa are excelling with minimum or no support, and we build that leadership and make sure its foundation is very strong.