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.
Hear directly from WGEP mentor, Alima, on how she’s mobilizing her community and supporting her peers through the crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df5enEeIOwk&feature=youtu.be.
Alima credits the conflict resolution, public speaking, and advocacy skills that she learned through Our Sisters Lead for encouraging her to speak up in her community.
Next week on Giving Tuesday, we hope you’ll make a gift to WGEP to help more girls in rural Senegal succeed in school and transform their communities, as Alima has done.