Celebrating International Women’s Day
Inspiring change in safe spaces for girls
Rehma was just 14 years old and preparing to go to secondary school when she discovered that she was pregnant. The boy who fathered the child ran away and Rehma's mother was so angry that she threw her out of the house. Rehma had nowhere to go and, with a new baby girl to look after, ended up living as a street child: her future was bleak.
Luckily, she found her way to a BRAC Girls Club.
BRAC recognises that adolescence is a crucial time, when challenging experiences can dramatically alter lives; experiences like having a child, contracting HIV or losing your parents. BRAC supports young girls like Rehma through Girls Clubs where they are helped in every aspect of their lives; giving them a safe space where they can express themselves and socialise whilst learning vital life skills for the future, such as financial literacy and family. Through peer-to-peer learning and training girls grow in knowledge and confidence becoming more powerful and participating members of their communities.
Rehma attended vocational training and with a micro-loan of £50 started a business making Maandazi, an African treat very similar to donuts. Rehma returned to her mother and told her what she had learnt and asked for her forgiveness. Now her business supports her mother and her daughter and provides enough to save for their future.
Africa has more people under 20 years old than anywhere in the world and the continent's population is set to double to two billion by 2050. With the right opportunities for girls like Rehma this could be an asset.
That is why we need to support these young girls to reach their potential. We need your support to create and maintain safe spaces for girls to grow into women who inspire change in their communities.
For just £7 a month you can inspire change for a girl like Rehma
Click here to watch a video about Rehma