Over 100,000 girls aged 12-17 are victims of child sex-trafficking and/or sexual exploitation in the Philippines every single year. GirlsGotThis is an action-led movement to protect girls by using the power of play; creating community safe-spaces to protect and provide equitable participation for girls and to capacitate teachers and communities to identify and report signs of abuses. We are #StandingWithGirls by harnessing the power of sport to unleash the potential of girls!
Despite a growing economy, the Philippines has the highest rate of poverty and inequality across Asia. The country also has one of the highest rates of sex trafficking and forced prostitution for girls who live in poverty. For girls who are born into poverty, they do not have access to quality education as schools are often underfunded and classroom sizes can reach up to 100 students. Because of this, many girls often drop out of school and risk becoming victims of sex-trafficking.
The project helps to protect girls through four simple but highly critical steps; Step 1 - SAFE-SPACES - Access to regular safe-space and play-based learning to build confidence, self-belief and acquire knowledge of rights Step 2 - KEEPING THEM IN SCHOOL - Teaming up with teachers to keep girls in school and build reporting mechanisms Step 3 - PEER MENTORS - Connecting girls with local mentors to guide and help them Step 4 - DIGNIFIED OPPORTUNITY in education and employment.
GirlsGotThis provides a long term, preventive and sustainable approach to tackling the issue of child abuse. It works with communities to invest in girls' education and keep them safe. The model of using a play-based intervention to protect girls has been recognized for its effective approach, winning awards for both social impact and educational innovation through sports.