Girl Child Network Worldwide

Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW) emerged out of multiple personal experiences, collectively representing a proven track record that is acknowledged around the world, making it possible to move seamlessly from the African village to the global village. The Girl Child Empowerment Model (GCEM) was started in Zimbabwe in 1998 in a classroom in a poor high density suburb by Betty Makoni and her students. It has grown from being a discussion during class to global action and is now being replicated in other parts of Africa and all over the world. Abuse of young girls recognizes no borders, cultures, creed or color. It is all around us, representing massive loss of human potential as well as...

Girl Child Network Worldwide
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South End On Sea, Essex SS0 9DA
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http://www.girlchildnetworkworldwide.org

Board of Directors

Paul Dawson,Vicky Banda,Deun Solarin,Hazviperi B Makoni

Project Leaders

Hazviperi Betty Makoni

Mission

Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW) emerged out of multiple personal experiences, collectively representing a proven track record that is acknowledged around the world, making it possible to move seamlessly from the African village to the global village. The Girl Child Empowerment Model (GCEM) was started in Zimbabwe in 1998 in a classroom in a poor high density suburb by Betty Makoni and her students. It has grown from being a discussion during class to global action and is now being replicated in other parts of Africa and all over the world. Abuse of young girls recognizes no borders, cultures, creed or color. It is all around us, representing massive loss of human potential as well as a gross violation of human rights. In order to effectively combat these atrocities, GCNW takes a unique empowerment and proactive rather than a welfarist or reactive approach, and in so doing acknowledges and brings forth the inherent strength and power within every girl child. Data and stories from a decade have been collected, collated and codified over a decade of helping over 300 000 girls in Zimbabwe and some parts of Africa. A Global Center of Excellency to coordinate Girl Child Empowerment best practice model roll out based on real life experiences and realities of what worked and brought tangible results at grassroots level .Below are some best practices to be shared during replication of the model • Girls Empowerment Tool Kit • Girls Empowerment and Education Fund • Girl Child Transformation from victim to survivor to leader strategy • Building grassroots advocacy and speak out forums for girl child rights advocates The girls` empowerment clubs remain the nerve of the organization and a Girls Empowerment toolkit for girls is designed to ensure every girl is modeled into a leader at every level of school, home and community. GCNW will catch girls whilst young to facilitate their potential to speak out and join in local, regional and international advocacy. The power to change lies within every girl supported in the home, school and community and a space like a girls club offers that chance to grow and realize potential. Girl Child Network Worldwide comes in to fill in a very critical void in support for girls by providing direct general support funds to individual girls in communities where they lack the financial means to reach their potential. This is a revolution in the philanthropic world where girls from rural areas begin to receive life-changing small grants directly. GCNW has aroused the eagerness, zeal and innovation in girls to stand up and do something to unleash their potential and get access to safe funding. Since 1998, 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 through Girls Empowerment Villages. 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. GCNW will put together a best practice Girl Child Transformation from Victim to Survivor Manual based on our successful interventions in Zimbabwe and Africa. GCNW believes that when girls receive fundamental support and encouragement from each other, gain an education, and learn their legal and human rights, they overcome a range of challenges, growing to fulfil their potential as human beings and as young leaders. Every day, personal disasters affect girls in homes, schools and communities the world over. Often, they need immediate support and guidance to pick up the pieces and move on. The main goal of GCNW is the empowerment of the girl child as well as the eradication of all forms of abuse and practices that impede the full physical, emotional and spiritual growth and development of the girl child. GCNW uses a human rights-based approach to address gender inequalities in education and in all social, political and economic spheres of life. Objectives GCNW is the lead organization in the empowerment of girls worldwide. The organization is at the centre of a global commitment to gathering, codifying, training and promoting the experiences and expertise of girl advocates especially in Africa. Our specific objectives are: • To build the confidence and leadership of girls so that they break vicious cycles of poverty and violence so as to reach their potential as women leaders • To identify and support girls who are at risk of, or who have survived gender based violence throughout the world. • To advance girls’ access to education, thereby encouraging the learning and growth of girls individually and collectively • To combat economic and social inequality so as to minimize gender based violence Mission GCNW supports and promotes 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. Vision We envision a world where girls everywhere are empowered and enjoy their right to walk in the fullness of their potential “From our lived experiences, we have so many practical ways to support the empowerment of girls in the home, school, and community so that what happened to us will never happen to women and girls again. We want a new breed of girls who will walk in the fullness of her potential,” — Betty Makoni— Founder Principles and Values GCNW accomplishes its mission through adhering to core principles and values: • Integrity— we deliver our programs with truth and openness and know we must remain accountable at all times. Everything we say and do shows that we are open and clean in our words and deeds. • Innovation— new and unique approaches are needed in order to effectively prevent and combat the exploitation of girl children and to aid in the rehabilitation process. • Passion— we do everything from the heart. Our work inspires and is inspired by our personal stories and the stories of the girls we represent. • Commitment— we started as volunteers and we will commit our time and resources above what others contribute. • Excellency— We must be the best in whatever we do. No part of our work is insignificantly done. • Action— we continually strive for concrete results through concrete action. • Empowerment— everyone we work with or target must be able to stand up for themselves, our role being to facilitate this process. • Empathy— the ability to have compassion for the circumstances of other human beings lies at the core of GCNW ideology, the belief being that if empathy were adequately cultivated within individuals and societies, compassion and mutual well being would prevail. We work to deeply instill this ability in GCNW affiliates. • Teamwork— we believe the solution requires all of us playing a role and that each role is essential. • Learning and Sharing— As we generate and share knowledge it will make us stronger and better. We are an organization that promotes a learning culture. Principles and Values GCNW accomplishes its mission through adhering to core principles and values: • Integrity— we deliver our programs with truth and openness and know we must remain accountable at all times. Everything we say and do shows that we are open and clean in our words and deeds. • Innovation— new and unique approaches are needed in order to effectively prevent and combat the exploitation of girl children and to aid in the rehabilitation process. • Passion— we do everything from the heart. Our work inspires and is inspired by our personal stories and the stories of the girls we represent. • Commitment— we started as volunteers and we will commit our time and resources above what others contribute. • Excellency— We must be the best in whatever we do. No part of our work is insignificantly done. • Action— we continually strive for concrete results through concrete action. • Empowerment— everyone we work with or target must be able to stand up for themselves, our role being to facilitate this process. • Empathy— the ability to have compassion for the circumstances of other human beings lies at the core of GCNW ideology, the belief being that if empathy were adequately cultivated within individuals and societies, compassion and mutual well being would prevail. We work to deeply instill this ability in GCNW affiliates. • Teamwork— we believe the solution requires all of us playing a role and that each role is essential. • Learning and Sharing— As we generate and share knowledge it will make us stronger and better. We are an organization that promotes a learning culture. Principles and Values GCNW accomplishes its mission through adhering to core principles and values: • Integrity— we deliver our programs with truth and openness and know we must remain accountable at all times. Everything we say and do shows that we are open and clean in our words and deeds. • Innovation— new and unique approaches are needed in order to effectively prevent and combat the exploitation of girl children and to aid in the rehabilitation process. • Passion— we do everything from the heart. Our work inspires and is inspired by our personal stories and the stories of the girls we represent. • Commitment— we started as volunteers and we will commit our time and resources above what others contribute. • Excellency— We must be the best in whatever we do. No part of our work is insignificantly done. • Action— we continually strive for concrete results through concrete action. • Empowerment— everyone we work with or target must be able to stand up for themselves

Programs

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 girls face during growth and development. We give a fishing rod and not a fish The programs are interlinked Girls Empowerment clubs Girls’ empowerment clubs are being formed daily all over the world and especially in Africa Over the next five years we want to achieve the following • Design and roll out a Girls Empowerment Toolkit to set standards and quality delivery of programs .The kit has standard content, training tools, methodologies, procedures and policies put together for and how the systematic transmission of the Girl Child Empowerment Model through streamlined activities, leadership development, and established quality should be rolled out and avoid ad hoc implementation. • Develop and certify a team of experts in five countries comprising directors/coordinators, aspiring country directors/coordinators aspiring club coordinators (who run a cluster of clubs) Club presidents (the girls themselves – this is very important) as focal points people for the model. • Establish 300 additional girls’ empowerment clubs around the world within five years. Affiliates and their Needs For the past two years GCNW spent two years visiting all its affiliates in Africa to understand and appreciate what has been accomplished. There are 700 Girls Empowerment clubs in Zimbabwe and another 300 Girls Empowerment Clubs have been identified as formed and will be added to GCNW by 2015. We are pleased to report that even with little or no resources at our disposal since formation, impressive work has been done by girls in five countries in the world Below we have categorized the girls clubs based on the needs assessment we have carried out after some field visits; Tier 1: These are established girls clubs that have an infrastructure. However, they need some follow up, revival, and advanced training in fundraising in order to become sustainable. In addition, they may set up their own networks. Currently, Tier 1 girls’ clubs only exist in Zimbabwe where they have been operating for over 10 years and there are GCNW alumni. Through leadership grooming and support, these alumni can become GCNW Coordinators and have a role in documenting the model and training others. We strongly feel that empowered girls should demonstrate this has been achieved by moving on to lead empowered lives as women. Clubs in Tier 1 will act as host organizations for training, with oversight and support from the center. Tier 2: We have trained a number of grassroots leaders in developing countries. They are passionate and committed leaders but are in need of support in establishing girls clubs. These affiliates exist in: Uganda, Sierra Leone and South Africa. They need support in finding their own identity and in club development. In addition, they need access to the Girls’ Empowerment and Education Fund (GEEF). In order to encourage the development of strategic funding partners, we will teach affiliates to write their own proposals to donor agencies as well as offer any organizational development training they need in order to run programs more effectively Tier 3: These are country networks that are still in the initial stages of development. They have expressed interest in forming girls’ clubs and they have girl child activists waiting to be trained. These exist in: Ghana, Haiti, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana and Nigeria .These country groups are reaching out to GCNW for support, and they have expressed interest in using the GCNW model to ensure quality standards are in place for their girl child empowerment work. Tier 4: These are formal and informal GCNW clubs in the West. These individual girls groups from across the world, particularly in the U.S., UK and Canada prepare and empower young philanthropists to raise funds to support GCNW affiliates in Africa. We need to customize each club according to the needs and abilities of girl-members and what they can offer the network. Other groups who approach GCNW for training (e.g. Forward UK on FGM in Ethiopia) could potentially have an important fundraising function although this is not to be divorced from the empowerment model. Girls’ Empowerment and Education Fund • Girls’ Empowerment and Education Fund (GEEF), which is the first ever international girls’ fund giving girls small grants to promote their creativity and innovation by coming up with self help projects that promote self-reliance, the creation of girls’ clubs, and girl-run development projects not supported elsewhere because of various bureaucratic systems. Over 3000 projects will be supported by 2015 in four countries in Africa • 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. Girls-at-Risk Support The number of girls whose lives are at risk of forced marriages, rape, early pregnancies, at risk of HIV is very high. We understand the urgent interventions needed and so we will work on the following • Transformation from victim, survivor and leader program • Support setting up of Girls Empowerment villages • Support for rescue missions of girls in difficult situations • Women as role models program-to link women who can help girls with support for education Advocacy and speak out • We continue to raise our voices to expose pressing threats to girls • We speak out at key international gatherings and policy-making forums to highlight issues challenging girls worldwide. So far we have spoken at over 3000 platforms since formation and we are being invited to more platforms to share • We will spend 25 percent of organizational time in international advocacy

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