The Evangelical Presbyterian (EP) Church, Ghana began the Girls Empowerment Club project in 2013 with the overall goal of empowering girls to reduce gender-based violence. The project is now in six schools across three regions, and over 300 girls benefit directly from the club. To date, 18 teachers and community members have been trained as facilitators of the program. The Africa Executive of Global Ministries visited the Girls Empowerment Club programs in Ghana, and shares that there has been a tremendous increase in participation and services provided through the programs.
Each Girls Empowerment Club location meets weekly to discuss topics such as human rights, gender-based violence, sexual reproductive health, child rights, hygiene, advocacy, leadership, human trafficking, and more. The empowerment clubs have a strong rights-based focus. These clubs also engage community leaders, traditional chiefs, local authorities, and school leaders to understand the issues facing young girls and to seek their support of the Girls Empowerment Club program.
The EP Church, Ghana shares that girls participating in the clubs are running for elections in their school governments. Girls from the clubs are more aware of the violence against women and girls, reproductive rights, communication styles, and leadership skills. Last year, one girl from the program achieved the highest score at her school on the Basic Education Certificate Exam.
In the upcoming years, the EP Church, Ghana has identified several priorities for the Girls Empowerment Clubs as they continue to be a place of meaning for many girls in Ghana. These priorities include
· Hosting workshops on entrepreneurship,
· Providing skills training sessions in beadmaking, dyeing fabrics, breadmaking and soap production,
· Running a mobile library,
· Establishing an alumni network
Global Ministries welcomes gifts for the Girls Empowerment Clubs of the EP Church, Ghana.