Women's Global Education Project

Women's Global Education Project was founded on the idea that everyone is entitled to an education, regardless of gender or economic status. We believe that universal education, gender equality and empowerment of women are critical to a society's development. Our mission is to provide access to education and develop training program that empower women and girls, particularly those in developing nations, to build better lives and foster equitable communities.
Jan 19, 2013

200 girls in rural Kenya say NO to genital cutting

Last December, WGEP Executive Director Amy Maglio traveled to Tharaka, Kenya, to be part of our annual Alternative Rite of Passage program, a community-led initiative to eradicate the practice of female genital cutting in the region.

This year, 200 girls aged 9-17 participated in the week-long program and, together with their families, publicly said "No!" to genital circumcision as a rite of passage for girls.

During the week, the girls took part in workshops led by both male and female community members on topics such as empowerment, interpersonal relationships and the myths surrounding genital cutting. They met with female role models, professional women now serving as bankers, principals and teachers who themselves rejected cutting as young girls.

At the end of the week, the program hosted a community gathering to celebrate the girls and their families. Regional and local government officials were among the guests, including the local magistrate, the regional director of Human Services, and the regional director of the Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Development. The girls performed uplifting skits and dances and participated in a ceremonial cutting--where only a cake was cut. 

According to the World Health Organization, about 140 million women worldwide are living with the consequences of genital mutilation, 92 million of them in Africa.

Besides the harmful physical and emotional effects of genital mutilation, the practice also encourages girls to drop out of school as it is used as a rite of passage into womanhood and to signify that a girl is ready for marriage. In Tharaka, girls as young as nine years old have undergone the practice. 

Thank you for supporting our work in Kenya to help fight female genital cutting. Your support is making a difference--our partners in Tharaka report significant progress in this fight over the past years as more and more girls, their families and their communities reject the practice. 

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Nov 14, 2012

Mentoring & support services help girls succeed

Your support of our "Educate Girls and Fight Poverty in Senegal" project helps us provide not only access to education for girls, but also crucial support services such as our Mentoring Program to help our girls succeed in school and work towards their dreams.

WGEP Senegal's Mentoring Program connects nearly 300 girls to mentors--older, educated women who provide additional, personalized support and who serve as role models. These mentors were often themselves the first woman in their families and communities to finish school, and so know first hand the struggles and pressures facing many of our scholars in their daily lives. They are able to provide support and encouragement for our girls and show them what is possible with education.

Additionally, our Mentoring Program allows our girls to regularly meet successful, educated women they would otherwise not come into contact with. This includes female professionals from surrounding areas, village leaders and regional officials, as well as visitors from around the world (recently, this included American college students from the University of Minnesota, Lewis and Clark College and Beloit College, Italian volunteers from Action Aid, and visiting staff from GlobalGiving!)

We know that our scholarship and support programs are giving our girls access to the possibility of a brighter future--thank you for partnering with us in this life-changing work!

Our project, "Educate Girls and Fight Poverty in Senegal," has been chosen by GlobalGiving for their Girl Effect Challenge! This means the chance to become part of GlobalGiving's 2013 Girl Effect Fund--but we need your help. The top six organizations in the Challenge with the greatest number of unique donors automatically win a place--so please consider donating during the month of November to help us in the Challenge. Any level--even just $10--will help! Thank you from WGEP Senegal!

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Oct 16, 2012

WGEP scholars succeed academically

Congratulations to our WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal scholars on their recent academic achievements!
  • 98% of our elementary school scholars passed into the next grade, with 78% placing at the top of their class
  • 92% of our middle school scholars passed into the next grade, with 64% placing at the top of their class
  • 79% of our high school scholars taking the national BAC graduation exam passed, compared to the national average of 38%
Additionally, WGEP Senegal found that the overall number of girls enrolling in high school increased in the region where we work:
  • Female student enrollment was 48% of all students in 2011, up from 33% in 2007
  • The number of girls who successfully passed into high school was 63% in 2011, up from 36% in 2007
WGEP is also pleased to announce that community radio station "Radio Niombato 91.1 FM," based in the Fatick region of Senegal where we work, has recently been broadcasting our WGEP Sisters-to-School Senegal program activities. Radio Niombato is widely listened to in Fatick, which means our message is reaching more and more people in the surrounding Faitick villages.

Thank you for supporting this important work!

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