Young women's activism in a crisis
Rooted in rural communities, members of the CAMFED Association have an intimate understanding of the challenges that exist there. For example, 95% of children and youth in rural areas of Eastern and Southern Africa are without internet access at home and unable to access online learning resources. In response, CAMFED’s award-winning ‘Learner Guides’ have turned to local radio to deliver their life skills and wellbeing curriculum to over 400,000 students in four countries via regular broadcasts.
“[In Mfantseman district] we reached out to about 2,000 people weekly through the use of radio, WhatsApp, posters and village meetings. With this we can confidently say we were able to bust the myths about the virus and also increase our visibility as an Association of women leaders." - Mercy, CAMFED Association member, Ghana
Once faced with poverty and exclusion themselves, our women leaders have unrivalled expertise in identifying girls at risk and tackling the challenges they face. Their outreach in remote rural communities has been deemed an “essential service” by governments.
Women’s compassion and activism is key to safeguarding children in times of crisis. (Photo: CAMFED/Joseph Assah Mills)
As a result, when schools reopened after the first wave of the pandemic, 98% of the vulnerable girls supported by CAMFED in Zambia and Malawi reported back to school — 20% above national return rates in Malawi.
With new or continuing school closures threatening to turn back progress, this unified grassroots leadership has never been more critical.
Read about the transformational power of women’s grassroots leadership in our blog: “We are building a nation.”