Go Girls! Initiative

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Go Girls

What is the Go Girls! Initiative?

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2007-2011 joined forces to implement the ‘Go Girls! Initiative,’ aimed to reduce adolescent girls’ risk of HIV infection in Botswana, Malawi, and Mozambique.

We recommend the Go Girls! Community-Based Life Skills for Girls Training Manual which was designed “to provide a safe and fun learning experience where girls can be equipped with life skills and knowledge to help maintain a happy and healthy life, stay in or return to school and feel empowered to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS.”

What parts of the manual do we recommend?

1. Session 2: His and Hers:  Participants identify what society expects of boys and girls and what society discourages boys and girls from doing.

2. Session 4: Speak up:  Participants watch a demonstration of different kinds of communication—strong, weak, and aggressive communication.  Participants also practice using strong communication skills with one another.

3. Session 5: Making good decisions:  Participants begin to gain confidence in their own decision making skills.

4. Session 6: Healthy friendships:  Participants identify qualities of friendships and learn to set boundaries of friendships.

Which session do you prefer? Check out the complete Training Manual.


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