Welcome to Girl Child Network Uganda
Our mission is to support and empower girls through educational empowerment, the prevention of child rights abuses, rehabilitation of abused girls, and the promotion of girls’ talents.
“The true worth of a nation must be measured by the empowerment of its girls!” – Betty Makoni, Girl Child Network Founder
Girl Child Network is at the center of a global movement to support and promote girls’ rights, empowerment, and education by reaching out to and advancing the circumstances of African girls who are economically deprived, at risk of abuse, subject to harmful cultural practices, or living in areas of instability.
Girl Child Network Uganda (GCNU) is a proud affiliate of the Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW) based in the UK and GCN Zimbabwe. Over the past 14 years, GCNW has established itself as one of the most respected advocates of girls’ rights. By having a regional focus in Africa and using a combination of both regional and international best practices, GCNW has successfully ensured that its initiatives address the unique challenges confronting girls in Africa with the most contemporary and relevant international best practices.
GCN’s approach is unique because its strategy of enlisting the energy and enthusiasm of girls through clubs emerged out of multiple personal experiences, collectively representing a proven track record that is acknowledged across the continent. Our approach makes it possible to move seamlessly from the grassroots level to the global village.GCN’s mandate comes from the girls themselves who, by joining girls’ empowerment clubs signal their desire for GCN to lead the holistic empowerment of the girl child and to act as a voice for vulnerable children. Our aim is to transform the girls from perceived victims into leaders by instilling confidence, facilitating empowerment, and providing the means for them to deal with obstacles they face so that they reach their potential as women leaders. GCN programs bolster girls’ confidence and take them out of domestic circles (kitchen and bedroom) that limit their socialization, growth and development into platforms that enable them to unleash their potential.
“Too often young people are seen as the recipients of service; they should see themselves and be seen as leaders and assets who can make powerful contributions to their communities and country. Girl Child Network Uganda creates opportunities for girls to become active participants in their communities through the Girls Empowerment Clubs Model which has helped girls in various ways.” – Memory Bandera, Country Director, Girl Child Network Uganda
Memory Bandera (Country Director, Girl Child Network Uganda)