Educating girls in Malawi about gender equaliy
WGood Sisters started in Chaseta, Malawi in February 2012 as a pilot project when research showed that girls drop out of school during their menstrual cycles. To improve hygiene and sanitation conditions, girls were given sanitary pads; however, there were more complicated issues than just access to sanitary pads. There was a lack of education on sexual and reproductive health, and the local acceptance of early child marriage and adolescent pregnancy caused school drop outs and low attendance rates at the primary school level.
Girls have the right to information and services about their health and education, and they are a force for building a community-wide culture that is supportive of human rights and gender equality.
It all starts with being a Good Sister.
The growth of the first Good Sisters club in Chaseta prompted Good Neighbors to expand the program into 6 additional communities, directly impacting nearly 400 girls as well as countless others in their community.
teaches every member how to sew their own reusable cotton sanitary pads to increase school attendance and minimize the harassment, shame and isolation associated with menstruation
provides education about HIV/AIDS and sexual/reproductive health so that they can make better choices with accurate information and a supportive social environment
discusses the negative effects of early marriage through education and local advocacy
offers peer-to-peer counseling programs that are an effective tool for personal growth and empowerment, as well as role models from secondary school students and university graduates
supports members to use performance art to advocate for their human rights
hosts public forums and local radio shows that showcase dialogues between adolescent girls, educators, traditional leaders and parents
organizes field trips to university campuses to meet with inspiring young women who are willing to share how they have addressed social, family and financial challenges to continue their education