Girl Up in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Girl Up in Sub-Saharan Africa

Girl Up Africa has trained over 5,000 girls on advocacy and gender equality. At the forefront of the 256 Clubs in more than 25 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are dedicated Girl Up Club leaders who seek to ensure that girls everywhere can thrive and reach their full potential. Through Girl Up programs, leaders can gain career guidance and participate in financial literacy workshops, STEM-related projects, and other programs to build their leadership.

Girl Up Clubs in this region focuses on advocacy, fundraising, storytelling, and organizing around:

  • Menstrual hygiene
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (SRHRJ)
  • Climate change
  • Gender-based violence (GBV)
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Ending early marriage, and more.

As part of the youth-led movement, Girl Up Clubs in sub-Saharan Africa carry out their own initiatives and programs around issues affecting adolescent girls. In 2019 and 2020, Girl Up Clubs in 11 countries, including Malawi, Kenya, Liberia, and Ghana, conducted trainings on how to make reusable menstrual pads, organized community pad collection drives, and fundraised to buy pads for girls from underserved communities.

  1. 370

    leaders trained in STEAM

  2. 1260+

    Community members

  3. 256+

    Girl Up Clubs

Girl Up Africa Regional Leadership Summit

We’re thrilled to announce we have hosted our first Girl Up Regional Leadership Summit on African soil. This is history in the making, and we thank you for being apart of it!

WHEN: November 18, 2023

WHERE: Lagos, Nigeria

A Milestone for Africa 

For the very first time, Girl Up has hosted a Leadership Summit in Africa, celebrating empowerment, resilience, and the incredible potential of African girls and young women. Together, we’ve create waves of change that resonate across the continent with the theme “Girl Power, Girl Spaces.”

Why Africa? Why Now? 

The regional summit served as an inspiration for youth leaders in Nigeria and throughout the African continent, encouraging them to take substantial action in advancing gender equality. Attendees emerged as leaders of local community initiatives and will continue to receive unwavering support from Girl Up, ensuring their engagement extends beyond the Summit. 

For All African Girls 

The Girl Up Africa Regional Leadership Summit was not just for Nigerians but for every girl across the African continent!  Even if you’re not in Nigeria, stay tuned to this page for updates and announcements, as we’re bringing empowerment closer to you soon. 

Learn more about Girl Up Africa here!

Program Details

How to Start a Girl Up Club

View some awesome moments from the 2023 Summit here!

Check out more moments from the 2023 Girl Up Nigeria Leadership Summit on YouTube!

Calling Partners and Sponsors! 

If you’re passionate about empowering African girls and young women, join us as partners and sponsors on this transformative journey. Reach out to us at ssafrica@girlup.org, and let’s make history together! 

Check out our quarterly newsletter + podcast!
  1. Girl Up Africa Digest

    July-Nov 2023 – Issue #7

  2. Girl Up Africa Podcast

    New Episode out now

Club Spotlight!

Girl Up Namibia hosted a solidarity marathon run fundraiser to help purchase school uniforms, stationery, and sanitary products for students in nine schools in the Kavango West, Kavango East and Oshana regions of Namibia. Out of the 400 attendees, 100 adults and children participated in the run. Along with three other Girl Up Clubs, Girl Up Namibia raised a total of N$18,000 ($1,176 USD) through ticket sales, donations, and activity stalls.

Our mandate is to ensure that no child, especially the girl child goes without being given a chance where possible.

Joy, Girl Up Namibia, Regional Leader

Clubs can apply for up to $500 to support their Girl Up projects and activities throughout the year. Learn how you can apply here.

Contact & Connect

Girl Up Sub-Saharan Africa Staff
  1. Musonda Chikwanda

    SENIOR REGIONAL MANAGER

    Musonda is the Senior Regional Manager for Girl Up in Sub-Saharan. As Senior Regional Manager she engages, educates, and trains adolescent girls to become global leaders who can speak confidently on behalf on themselves and their peers, to advance the rights of all girls in Sub-Saharan Africa and around the world.

  2. June Shimoushili

    COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

    June is the Communications Associate, supporting the digital media campaigns and public relations for Sub-Saharan Africa. In role she supports Girl Up with digital content and messaging. She also mentors and provides training on branding, public Speaking, and leadership to program participants.

  3. Mulenga Chishala

    PROGRAM COORDINATOR

    Mulenga is the Program Coordinator for Girl Up Sub-Saharan Africa region and oversees SSA programming and club activation. She is a Feminist with over 3 years of experience in advocacy for gender equality and social change. She is passionate about ending Gender-Based Violence and promoting women and girls’ engagement in STEM and Sports.

Connect with us on the Community and social media.

Interested in learning more about Girl Up Africa? Email June at jshimoushili@girlup.org.

Interested in brand partnerships, sponsorships, or collaborations with Girl Up Africa? Email Musonda at mchikwanda@girlup.org.

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