Go Girls Connect!

Go Girls Connect! is an innovative program leveraging mobile-based technology to build digital competency and empower girls with critical life skills, protective assets and resources, and enable them to advocate for their human rights and navigate challenging gender norms.

Funder

OSISA

Location

SIPHOFANENI AND LOBAMBA TINKUNDLA, ESWATINI

Dates

JANUARY 2019 - DECEMBER 2021

In addition to providing social and protective assets, and skills to aggressively tackle gender norms, the program enhances identification of GBV survivors and linkages to post-abuse services and facilitates identification of girls at risk of dropping out of school through an Early Warning System.

Key program features include:

  • 30 evidence-based human rights oriented Protect Our Youth digital asset sessions for adolescent girls and young women that enhance knowledge, youth civic engagement, demand and access to rights among 1,650 adolescent girls
  • A self-administered GBV screening tool, which will trigger a GBV Response Protocol and linkages to GBV support services
  • A self-administered screening tool to identify girls at risk of dropping out of secondary school, with a robust Response Protocol to provide the supports needed to retain girls in school. This constitutes a digital Early Warning System.

The Go Girls Connect! program will create an evidence base and for a unique model. This model is poised to innovatively address the digital gender divide while empowering girls to navigate entrenched gender norms, advocate for their rights, stay in school, and access needed GBV services. Go Girls Connect! can be adopted/scaled by stakeholders across the region, reaching the many millions of girls who so clearly need this kind of support and empowerment. We are pleased to partner with Cell-Ed to develop and deliver this promising program.

Thulani Earnshaw

Country Director

Thulani Earnshaw
+268.25.052.848
thulani_earnshaw@bantwana.org