Girl Determined, Burma, December 2012
Girl Determined is sparking a movement of girls with leadership skills to advocate for their own rights and a future that does not re-create the risks they now face. Girls are at the forefront of change in Burma/Myanmar.
Girl Determined works to promote girls rights in all forums, particularly for the most vulnerable, by organizing Colorful Girls Circles, training facilitators, creating curriculum, bringing girls together and exposing the reality of girls’ lives in Burma.
Because girls are seen as potential change-agents in their households, communities and nations, Girl Determined’s program aims to increase girls’ ability to make strategic life-decisions, generate choices and exercise bargaining power. This real empowerment creates opportunities for girls to better cope with their difficulties, envision alternatives and take leadership into their own hands.
Striving for an active network of girls where information, ideas, support and enthusiasm are abundant will raise the overall status of girls and women in communities and a society where military men, businessmen and monks currently hold most decision-making power.
Why We Love This Program:
Girl Determined is a transformative leadership project designed to assist vulnerable teenage girls to avoid the pitfalls of trafficking, dangerous labor and other forms of violence by facilitating the girls’ recognition of their personal and group potential. The girls gain self-confidence discovering their ability to act as effective change agents in their communities. This is also the first program DFW has supported in Burma.
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