Globally, 130 million youth do not attend school. 70% of these are girls. A girl who has a basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV, and for each additional year of primary education, a girl’s average wages increase by 10 – 20%, and up to 25% for just one year of secondary school. Women who earn an income invest up to 90% of it back into their families and communities, whereas men invest only 30 – 40%.
Focusing on girls aged 11 to 18, The Girl Impact Project, in collaboration with African Impact works to close the gender gap that persists and largely shapes life in many African communities, for the well-being of all.
We work to give girls a better start to womanhood by not only advancing their knowledge, but by ensuring that boys and men in their community see the value of
healthy, educated and empowered local women.
Our work in this arena is focussed on six ‘pillars’, which together, provide a framework for implementing a holistic strategy. Briefly, these pillars are as follows:
Education: We help reduce the barriers to education for girls; enabling them to stay in school for longer and improve their ability to earn a living.
Health: We help educate girls and boys about health risks, prevention and treatment, as well as providing support to those living with health issues such as HIV/AIDS.
Safety: We aim to change the attitudes of whole communities on violence against girls and women as well as providing support to those who have been the victim of violence or who do not live in a safe environment.
Early Pregnancy: We provide education to communities, focusing on girls and boys, to reduce the rates of early pregnancy in young girls, avoid unwanted pregnancies and support those dealing with teenage pregnancy and early parenthood.
Income Generation: Our work prepares girls to make a living as they get older by discussing their options, teaching them skills and supporting their efforts.
Self Confidence: We give girls a platform to ask questions in a safe environment, be challenged and supported in their opinions as a means of building confidence and self-esteem, so that they can take more responsibility for their actions in the future.