The Girl Space Initiative

The Girl Space is a free safe space program that provides the opportunity for girls aged 14-20 to learn about their sexual and reproductive health, leadership, career and feel free to openly express themselves in a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental environment. The Girl’s Space is non-threatening and non-competitive, and allows every participant to engage with our programs equally. It also provides free walk-in counselling, learning resources, monitored computer access, capacity building and skills training programs for girls.  Our monthly activities are developed to foster personal, emotional and educational development and support girls in making the right choices for themselves.

Confidentiality of participants are respected, except where it is required by law to disclose information (e.g., child abuse, protection issues, sexual abuse and dangerous situations).

The activities of the Safe Space programme include;

  • counselling
  • Games like scrabble, chess and monopoly
  • Books like storybooks, textbooks, magazines
  • Refreshments
  • Computers
  • workshops

 

 GIRL SPACE GUIDELINES

  • Consult with parents, caregivers, counsellors, and/or other professionals if participants display “warning behaviours” (e.g., sexual preoccupation/anxiety, interest in pornography, sexual aggression/obscenities, sexual graffiti, embarrassment of others with sexual gestures/references, violation of others’ body space, single occurrence of peeping or exposing with peers). Confidentiality should be respected, except where it is required by law to disclose information (e.g., child abuse, protection issues, sexual abuse and dangerous situations). This needs to be made clear to the participants and you need very skilled facilitators to do this.
  • Use learning resources such as instructional materials, books, workbooks, CDs, DVDs, activity books, flashcards, movies, educational games, magazines, graphic novels etc.
  • Difficult situations should be avoided by having the team develop and post ground rules, reviewing them before each session begins. Confidentiality should be respected, except where it is required by law to disclose information (e.g., child abuse, protection issues, sexual abuse and dangerous situations).
  • Show an understanding for participants who come from varied backgrounds (cultural, religious, moral) and sexual experiences (e.g. dealing with STIs, survivors or offenders of sexual acts, teenage parents).
  • There should be a drop box for suggestions and questions just in case the participants are shy or unable to mention while the session was on.
  • Hanging out once in a while to enhance team bonding and develop social mental status.
  • Provision of Games to ensure a relaxed, fun and interesting atmosphere for the participants.
  • Age bracket (14-20 years) limit because this is the beginning of adolescent and exploitation stage.
  • Evaluation and assessment should be done once in a while to measure impact and to ensure the improvement and purpose of the safe space.
  • Confidentiality should be respected, except where it is required by law to disclose information (e.g., child abuse, protection issues, sexual abuse and dangerous situations). This needs to be made clear to the participants.

 Girl Space Timetable

  • Safe space opening time : Mondays, Wednesdays And Fridays, 2 P.M - 5 P.M
  • Counselling times -everyday
  • Workshops - once in 2 months