This project transforms African girls from being victims into leaders. GCN gives girls the tools to rise above rape, abuse, poverty and all other challenges. The programs in place provide shelter from violence, 24-hour emergency services to girls who have been abused or are at risk of abuse, leadership skills, clothing and education to over 100,000 marginalized girls in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe's economic problems are exacerbating violence against women and their sexual exploitation.
In Zimbabwe, rape is endemic, with more than 20% of women reporting that their first sexual encounter was forced and a 30% of married women live with physical violence. Unemployment is currently at 94 percent and sexual exploitation / early marriage have become the rule.
Our approach conforms to our notion of empowerment, which we define as a process of instilling girls with the necessary knowledge and skills, facilitating their confidence and determination and thereafter providing the financial means for a girl to come up with an innovative self help project. GCNW has girls empowerment clubs where girls give peer to peer support, Girls Empowerment Villages provide shelter from violence and Girls Empowerment Fund provides grants for girls innovative projects.
By massively mobilizing 100,000 girls to empowerment programs we are making a statement on the urgent need to proactively eliminate gross violations of girls rights and ensure an Africa where girls enjoy their full rights and reach their potential.Girls who have emerged as leaders need support with training, resource mobilization and setting up themselves to implement effective programs that promote their development.
Total Funding Received to Date: $780
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $19,220
Total Funding Goal: $20,000
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