Global Fund for Children supports a network of eight community-based organizations in West Africa that are tackling violence against girls in their own communities, while empowering girls to exercise agency and autonomy over their bodies and their lives.

This initiative is a partnership between the NoVo Foundation, People’s Postcode Lottery, and GFC.

Our partners in this initiative are primarily located in the rural border areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone, where girls and young women often face higher rates of violence and more limited access to education than in the capital cities. Diverse in programming and experience, the local groups in this initiative share the following attributes:

  • They are led by women and/or by youth
  • They work to address the root causes of violence against women and girls, with an emphasis on ending female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), child marriage, and sexual abuse
  • They have experience working with and empowering adolescent girls

GFC is providing these local organizations with flexible funding and capacity development services to support their growth and effectiveness.

Project Partners

Bo, Sierra Leone

Dedicated to removing barriers to girls’ education in Sierra Leone, Center for Advocacy and Sustainable Empowerment (CASE SALONE) empowers girls to stay in school, realize their potential, and take on leadership positions. Working in schools and communities, CASE SALONE establishes student empowerment clubs; trains girls in leadership and public speaking; and provides girls with safe spaces and counseling services.

Bo Waterside, Liberia

In a county where the prevalence of FGM/C is estimated at 68%, the Centre for Liberian Assistance educates girls about their sexual and reproductive health and rights and empowers them to act boldly on their own behalf. Its awareness and education program brings girls together to discuss girls’ rights and critical health topics, which the girls then raise awareness about in their own communities.

Kenema, Sierra Leone

In a community where the prevalence of FGM/C is over 90%, Children’s Forum Network – Kenema creates safe spaces for children to discuss and raise public awareness about the issues affecting their lives. A local, autonomous branch of Sierra Leone’s national children’s parliament, CFN-Kenema also organizes trainings and conferences on specific child rights issues to help young people speak out against child rights violations.

Bopolu, Liberia

With a focus on rural teenagers, Community Health Care Initiative educates girls about their sexual and reproductive rights, health and hygiene, and the harmful effects of early marriage and FGM/C, while also providing safe spaces for them to discuss issues affect them. CHI also advocates at the national level for better protections for girls across Liberia.

Bo, Sierra Leone

Integrated Development Program for Teenagers (IDP4T) empowers teens in Sierra Leone to have agency over their bodies and make informed life decisions. It conducts Teen Talk programs in schools, operates a helpline, and provides direct services to young survivors of violence and trafficking.

Sierra Leone Girls Empowerment Network
Jendema, Sierra Leone

In the remote town of Jendema, Sierra Leone, where rates of early marriage and teen pregnancy are especially high, Sierra Leone Girls Empowerment Network (SL-GEN) encourages girls to fight for their rights and to make informed decisions about their bodies and lives. Its programs focus on prevention of teenage pregnancy, early marriage, and gender-based violence, as well as providing emotional support for teen mothers.

Kenema, Sierra Leone

Empowering girls to stand up for their rights and dignity, Wi Gial Pekin Dem Foundation (WGF) works in schools to teach girls about sexual reproductive health and rights, to educate them about menstrual hygiene and management, and to provide them with sanitary pads. The organization also uses its extensive community relationships to rescue girls who are at risk of FGM/C, trafficking, or abuse, and provides mentorship to out-of-school girls, especially those who have left school due to unplanned pregnancies.

Bo, Sierra Leone

Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (WAVES) develops the capacity of girls in Bo, Sierra Leone, both in and out of school, to speak out against sexual and gender-based violence, advocate for sexual and reproductive rights, and become agents of change in their communities. The organization also conducts extensive community outreach and advocates for policy change to benefit girls and women.

Learn more about this project in the featured stories below.

Header photo: © Community Health Care Initiative

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