GirlSPARKS News & Events
Read the latest from the GirlSPARKS team, as we share upcoming opportunities and GirlSPARKS events.
On Monday 1st October GirlSPARKS launched the first in our series of Girl-Centred Design regional trainings.
Twenty-two participants from Mercy Corps and international and national non-governmental organisations came together in Nairobi for three days of interactive learning around Girl-Centred Design.
Over the course of the three day training, participants explored GirlSPARKS’ Girl-Centred Design approach as GirlSPARKS trainers guided them through a series of participatory sessions and role play activities.
On Thursday 27th September Girls Speak Out brought together a range of stakeholders in Kampala, Uganda, to hear from girls themselves about the issues that affect their lives.
During the event, a diverse panel of girls discussed a range of topics, including their experience of living positively with HIV, accessing education, preventing violence and assault against girls and young women, inclusion of girls with disabilities, combatting stigma and speaking out for equality.
In particular, girls highlighted the importance of listening to their voices and being treated with respect – and the difference that this makes to their lives and their confidence.
“As a girl living with HIV,” Bonita explains, “I used to say the world is not fair and I stopped taking medicine. I joined a group for other young people living with HIV, and I gained back my power. I passed the school grade.”
Girls Speak Out was hosted by GirlSPARKS alongside partners Health Plus Development Communications, Rhythm of Life and Global Fund for Children. Special thanks to Grant Thornton Uganda for their venue and support.
Thank you to everyone that participated in person and joined the discussion online! #GirlsSpeakOut #GSOUganda #ListentoHer #GirlsVoices #GirlsLead #GirlCentredProgramming