How We Work
Femlead works to actively challenge cultures and attitudes which prevent the Girl Child from receiving a full education.
In the Busiiro community the challenges are most commonly:
- early marriage
- child prostitution
- unwanted early pregnancy
- poor access to sanitary products
from age 10 – 18 years
(Busiiro S.S and HFOC Primary school)
GUARDIANS, PARENTS & TEACHERS
a primary point of contact for
addressing sexual abuse and child marriages
Religious leaders and community leaders
people whose opinion matters
the main focus of
a primary source of information
about avoiding early pregnancies
local people uninformed
about the rights of girls
providing workshops and forums in which girls can safely discuss their experiences
In collaboration with the local school system, we provide workshops and forums in which girls can safely discuss their experiences – especially those that stand in the way of their education, their development and their future prospects. Through carefully structured environments like Girls Workshops the girls can openly express themselves, support each other, actively engage with their communities and share their concerns and challenges.
a child who feels like a second-class citizen is much more vulnerable to abuse
We also work to sensitise the wider community to the dangers of perceiving the Girl Child as inferior. A child who feels like a second-class citizen is much more vulnerable to abuse. Our aim is to continue to raise awareness of the girls human rights, reproductive rights and their rights to full time education. Meetings have been arranged with parents, local leaders and the police. This way the whole community is becoming involved with the education and protection of their young girls.
looking to local solutions which can eventually become self-sustaining
Wherever possible we look into local solutions which can eventually become self-sustaining as well as contribute to the health of the local economy. Projects such as our Sanitary Pad Project work to create jobs in the community whilst also finding a solution to the lack of access to sanitary products for the girls and women in the area.