Since 2015, we have reached over 6,000 girls and young women in eight African countries through our Girl-Child Conference.
This we have successfully achieved through partnerships with Civil organisations, CBOs, religious institutions, private organisations, individuals, traditional rulers and various governmental bodies.
When girls raise their voices, the decibel levels can shatter glass ceilings.
As far as I am concerned, if women were given choices, they would choose themselves FIRST!
The goal of the Girl Child Conference was derived from the vision of TGI ”giving the African girl a voice” which was birthed in 2015, when our founder, Grace Anuforo found herself in a Igueben Local Government Area of Edo state (a state of Nigeria located in the South-South geopolitical zone of the country). She was posted there for her mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC) and discovered many ills done the female child.
Fathers constantly raped their daughters and made them pregnant, but there were no consequences. (Teenage pregnancies). Mothers constantly gave out their daughters to older men in exchange for money. (Sex Trafficking)
As a result of these and many more (the above mentioned being the highlights of the travails of girls), many of the girls did not see much need to attend class sometimes. A heart-to-heart conversation between Grace and some of the girls revealed that there was really no point longing to come to school or pass examinations since they already knew their fate. For most girls there, coming to school, completing assignments or envisioning a cereer in the formal sector was all a waste of time.
So, Grace, together with another corps member at the time (who is now an executive member of the organisation), Kayode Hammed Alabi, joined hands together with other corps members, school heads, the traditional rulers, a women group and the youth group of one of the communities to organise a mini-conference targeted at girls and stakeholders
OUR GIRL-VOICE CHALLENGE
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic stood in the way of our annual Girl-Child conference. However, we refused to be ”harassed”. Leveraging on technology and by working with CBOs, we reached over 1,500 girls in various African countries and raised 24 girls to use their voices to develop solutions to challenges faced by their fellow girls in their communities.
Only the one who wears the shoes knows where it pinches.
Out of the 24 girls from 8 countries who participated in our Girl-Voice Challenge, one winner was selected as our IDG Ambassador for 2021. Three other girls were selected on the basis of the feasibility of their pitched solutions. So, we trained all four of them on the following courses; Leadership and Management, Community Engagement, Community Participation and Leadership Skills.
After the training and mentoring period, we gave them 6 months to implement their solutions in form of intervention projects. One of the girls emerged winner of our 200 USD mini-grant for following the rules of project planning, implementation and monitoring. Her mini-grant provided her with the resources to make re-usable sanitary pads for girls in Zimbabwe, and to train them as well.
Places we have reached
Nigeria (Head Office)
We are building young female leaders…
Help our girls solve problems facing girls in their various communities.
We have successfully helped girls between the ages of 15 and 25 years discover their problem-solving abilities. They now realise that anyone that seeks to solve a problem, no matter how little, is a LEADER. They have identified problems that their fellow girls face in their communities, and have critically developed solutions to tackle these problems.
I just want to be a light on the path of every girl child and the ladder to HER destination.