By Grace Derks - WGEP Development & Communications Intern
Scholars at our Gender Based Violence Workshop
According to United Nations' data, an estimated 47 million more women and girls worldwide will be pushed into extreme poverty due to COVID-19. This, combined with rising reports of gender-based violence, has made it increasingly important to support women and girls through the "shadow pandemic." Women's Global Education Project is proud to offer comprehensive, community-led programs to help more girls attend and succeed in school, and address the multitude of issues caused by the pandemic.
In Senegal, school is back in session with new safety protocols implemented, and we have resumed in-person program activities to support scholars through this challenging year. In 2021, 566 adolescent girls will receive comprehensive scholarships that provide school fees, uniforms, school supplies, sanitary pads, and tutoring for exams. In addition to the scholarships, students participate in workshops on topics like puberty, reproductive health, and gender-based violence. In February, we hosted a weekend retreat on gender-based violence and support pathways for our scholars; who were able to take a break from their intensive trainings and take photos along the sea!
Thank you for sharing our passion for this important work. To learn more about our programs, please visit our website at womensglobal.org, or check out our most up-to-date photos on Instagram.
Taking a break from studies at the sea!
Feb 12, 2021
Building a Future for Adolescent Girls
By Harriet Spears - Project Leader
Architectural Drawing of our New Community Center
Thank you to every person who has supported Women’s Global Education Project’s work on the GlobalGiving platform! We are incredibly grateful that in spite of the global pandemic, we have been able to not only sustain, but also expand our impact across rural Kenya.
We are starting a four-year process to build a state-of-the-art library and computer center in Tharaka-Nithi county, Kenya! This center will become the new headquarters of our Kenya operations, and will serve 10,000 women and girls each year with literacy training, computer classes, and community mobilization activities. The center will house 10,000 books and 25 computers, providing unprecedented access to resources in a remote, rural region where nothing like this exists.
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Touring the future site of the Community Center
WGEP team members in Tharaka-Nithi county, Kenya
Nov 24, 2020
Young Women Leading the Way in Senegal
By Harriet Spears - Strategic Partnerships & Communications Manager
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the world, young women in Women’s Global Education Project’s leadership program, Our Sisters Lead, are creating new ways to support and protect their peers from gender-based violence (GBV).
UN Women reports that 1 in 3 women worldwide experiences physical or sexual violence, and reports of GBV have intensified due to lockdown conditions.
High school students in Our Sisters Lead have developed community radio programs to educate their community members in rural Senegal on GBV, as well as early marriage and pregnancy. The students have also formed neighborhood watch programs, and peer support networks via Whatsapp so that they can keep in close contact while social distancing.