Girl Determined is a leadership project for girls aged 12-17. By facilitating girls' recognition of their personal and group potential they learn to avoid the pitfalls of trafficking, dangerous labor, and other forms of violence.
Economic and social repression has led to extreme poverty as well as the sidelining of women's issues. As such, girls, especially in this age group, have few social services available to them including a lack of female mentors and safe spaces to share. School drop-out, dangerous labor, sexual violence, trafficking, and early marriage remain prevalent.
Girl Determined educates, connects, and fosters the development of personal and group voice. We provide structured, weekly leadership activities conducted by trained local women facilitators. The strengths-based curriculum develops girls' decision-making skills, self-awareness, communication skills, and critical thinking. The project goes deep to foster a 'can do' culture amongst girls, a step towards overcoming the gender norms that limit a girl's choices.
Girls become leaders in their homes, schools, communities, and nations and advocate for their own rights and a future that does not re-create the risks they now face.
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