Girl Determined

Girl Determined is a leadership project designed to assist girls ages 12-17 to avoid the pitfalls of trafficking, dangerous labor and other forms of violence, by facilitating girls' recognition of their personal and group potential. Because of our belief in girls as potential change-agents in their households, communities and nations, our program aims to increase girls' ability to make strategic life-decisions, generate choices and exercise bargaining power. This real empowerment creates opportunities for girls to better cope with their difficulties, envision alternatives and take leadership into their own hands. The underlying premise of Girl Determined work is that educating, ...
Nov 22, 2016

International Day of the Girl 2016

Getting ready for discussion time
Getting ready for discussion time

Hello dear friends and supporters,

Through the Colorful Girls circles and now the sports (volleyball) for girls in some locations, we have continued to see the girls grow and bloom, increasing in confidence and in critical thinking. This was shown in their participation in events related to the International Day of the Girl held during October and into early November.  Through the activities girls expressed their perspectives on trafficking, violence and abuse and the role girls and women can play in improving their status and situation. Some of the past Colorful Girls participants were involved in the orgnization of the  International Day of the Girl events held in their communities.  These girls want the girls who are currently participating in the Circles to have the same opportunties as they had and to benefit from the same lessons. 

Thank you for being a part of providing great opportunities for the girls and continuing to build off the experiences from participating in the Colorful Girls Circles.  

We're planning on holding camps for the the girls in 2017 and your continued support for their activities is greatly appreciated. 

Best wishes,

Pen

Discussion on role of women in communities
Discussion on role of women in communities
Girls at International Day of the Girl
Girls at International Day of the Girl
Nov 22, 2016

International Day of the Girl 2016

Getting ready for Circles discussion time
Getting ready for Circles discussion time

Hello dear friends and supporters,

Through the Colorful Girls circles and now the sports (volleyball) for girls in some locations, we have continued to see the girls grow and bloom, increasing in confidence and in critical thinking. This was shown in their participation in events related to the International Day of the Girl held during October and into early November.  Through the activities girls expressed their perspectives on trafficking, violence and abuse and the role girls and women can play in improving their status and situation. Some of the past Colorful Girls participants were involved in the orgnization of the  International Day of the Girl events held in their communities.  These girls want the girls who are currently participating in the Circles to have the same opportunties as they had and to benefit from the same lessons. We have seen how the girls have quickly taken on a leadership role and express their opinion and desire to see Circles in the communities they had to leave due to internal displacement. 

Thank you for being a part of providing great opportunities for the girls and continuing to build off the experiences from participating in the Colorful Girls Circles.  

We're planning on holding camps for the the girls in 2017 and your continued support for their activities is greatly appreciated. 

Best wishes,

Pen

Discussion on role of women in communities
Discussion on role of women in communities
Girls singing at International Day of the Girl
Girls singing at International Day of the Girl
Aug 24, 2016

Girls' Media Initiative

Pollinator cover
Pollinator cover

Girls' Media Initiative
Throughout 2015 and 16 we explored other avenues for moving ideas, information and news to all the Colorful Girls groups as a way of increasing knowledge and the confidence to voice opinions and make decisions. We are testing out various media formats that provide girls with content outside of the forum of our weekly programs and special events. We conducted research on reading habits and access girls have to written materials – books, magazines, newspapers and the internet. Not surprisingly, they have very little access and in the sample group, only one book read by the girls was directed towards adolescent girl readers. Girls often don't have anything to read apart from school books or books and magazines for adults, so not much that peaks their interest. 

Girls meet in their Colorful Girls Circles every week and in some communities they have a circle and a sports session every week, but between sessions, there is limited contact. The publication of the magazine, "The Pollinator," gives the girls more opportunity to connect with wider conversations on health, choices, politics and education. The magazine concepts and content were developed by a committee of girls both current and past Circles participants. Most of the articles were written by Circles involved in our programs and a few were written by staff according to girls' requests. The Pollinator is going to be a great format for growing girls' connection with one another across the country, transmitting new ideas, introducing new project activities and, of course, inspiring budding journalists and writers. 

Thank you for being a part of providing great opportunities for the girls and continuing to build off the experiences from participating in the Colorful Girls Circles.

Pen

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