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.
Dec 2, 2013

Thank you for making a personal impact for girls!

Thank you for your support of Women's Global Education Project and our Sisters-to-School Kenya program! This December we will be hosting our annual "Circumcision With Words" Alternative Rite of Passage program in Tharaka, Kenya. This program combats female genital mutilation in Tharaka through a community-led initiative that works with girls, families and community leaders to eradicate the practice and celebrating empowerment and education for girls. The program gives girls and families an alternative way to celebrate a girl's coming into womanhood without genital cutting. This year, more than 260 girls have signed up to participate, and, for the first time ever, 40 boys will be joining them and publicly lending their support to eradicate FGM in their community.

We would like to share with you the personal story--written in her own words--of one program participant and how it changed her mind about undergoing FGM:

My name is Terry, I go to school at Gatunga primary school. I am 14 years old and am in 8th grade.

 In my village there was the practice of female genital mutilation. Girls had this done because they did not understand the meaning of it. To them, they were told by their peer groups, grandparents, and parents that uncircumcised girls could not give birth. They were also told that uncircumcised girls were unclean and not yet matured. They believed these myths and misconceptions about FGM.

 As it continued this way, I decided to be circumcised because I did not like to face the challenges and be abused for challenging this tradition. Luckily, the After School Boys and Girls Club was introduced in our school teaching us in school and outside the school about the harm of FGM and explaining to us our rights. When I learned the dangers and problems of FGM I decided to stop and say NO. I also decided to talk to my age mates and girls in my village and other neighboring villages. Moreover I was sponsored by the program as a scholar. They also advised me on life challenges and problems. Finally I attended the Alternative Rite of Passage that was conducted on December 2011. I talked with other girls to attend the workshop so that they can be saved and advised more. Lastly our Boys and Girls Club teachers spent extra time to coach and tutor us and surely it has improved our academic performance. I have been taught how to be responsible and become a role model in my area and in the Tharaka District at large. I thank the program for saving me from undergoing the traditional practice of FGM, I was at a risk because I had fully decided to be circumcised. I thank you once more for your support!


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Dec 2, 2013

Thank you for making a personal impact for girls

Thank you for supporting Women's Global Education Project and our Sisters-to-School program in Senegal! Your support helps WGEP provide critical scholarships to more than 150 girls in rural Senegal, girls who otherwise would not have the chance to go to school. You are also helping us impact 3,000 of their family members, friends and neighbors, ensuring that entire communities are invested in the future of their girls.

To illustrate the power of education to change lives, we share the personal story of one of our recent graduates, written in her own words:

My name is Amy, and I am 20 years old. I entered the “Sisters-to-School” program in 2005 when I was in elementary school, and I am now finished with high school. My parents live off weak agricultural harvests that are insufficient for feeding the family. Our house is entirely made out of mud, which is not very solid and doesn’t hold up well in strong rainstorms. My village has an elementary school; although children go, girls often leave school very early and are confronted by many problems. I help my parents in the fields and with cooking; I do everything that villagers do. But now this doesn’t keep me from passing the high school graduation test with good scores.

 I had a hard time understanding classes, and my family had a lack of means to pay for school supplies and classes. I work as a housekeeper during vacation to earn a bit of money to bring to my family and to prepare for the upcoming school year. When my mother had twins, there was no one to help her with them. So that year, she almost asked me to give up my studies to help her. I was walking 8 kilometers a day to go to high school, without eating from morning until the nighttime. It was a very difficult  year of high school.

 Fortunately, my mother heard a presentation by teachers and understood the importance of education. The “Sisters- to-School” program educated our parents so that we could find tutors in Sokone, and came to our aid in many ways. I received  trainings, counseling, and advising. The program paid for my medications when I was sick. Tutoring helped me to better understand my classes, particularly classes like French and Spanish, for which I received high scores on my high school exams.

I will soon be attending college education. I will make the education of my daughter a priority because education is the key to success in life. I want to continue my studies through a PhD. My dream is to succeed and get a good job to help my parents out of poverty and suffering. I especially want to participate in the development of my country. I dream that this can become a reality!


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Sep 6, 2013

Growing Support for Girls' Education in Senegal

Community members discuss girls
Community members discuss girls' education.

With your help, Women’s Global Education Project is able to get out into rural communities and influence local perception pertaining to girls’ education, which is a vital component to achieving gender equality and advancing opportunities for girls. Reports show that between December 2013 and March 2013, our community education talks and seminars reached approximately 1800 people in Senegal. Sixty community talks and seminars were organized in 30 different locations. We’re thrilled with the level of outreach achieved as of March, and we’re confident we’ll see continued success in forthcoming reports detailing the remainder of this year!

Outreach event themes are centered around the importance of girls education, and discussions have pertained to keeping girls in school; relief for domestic and agricultural work; early marriage and pregnancy; violence against women; the importance of civil status and identification papers for children; and the issue of recurrent strikes within the Senegalese education system. Key people present for these conversations have included the presidents of the rural communities of Djilor and Toubacouta; the presidents of the associations of parents of students; the heads of the villages; the imams of the villages visited; the presidents of the Collectives of School Directors; school principals; the chairman of the Departmental Committee for the Promotion of Teachers of Education of Girls; those responsible for gender evaluation in schools; teachers; village health workers; and more.

The outreach meetings conclude with testimonies of satisfaction from the girls, parents, tutors and mentors. Meeting facilitators also report increased engagement of girls and their parents as a result of community talks and seminars. We are very pleased with the progress of these outreach efforts in shaping attitudes toward girls’ education, and we are so grateful for your continued support, which helps make all of this possible. We couldn’t do it without you!

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