Statement Of Purpose
Girls Got Voice is a youth lead human rights organization working to promote women empowerment and end gender-based violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. We advocate for the dignity and rights of young women and girls—so that every girl can be safe and live a life free of violence and exploitation. Based in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province Girls Got Voice works to make the lives of girls a human rights priority.
The organization supports girls to develop critical skills they need, including critical thinking, decision making, communication, relationship building and self-confidence among others. Combined with support from their mentors’ families and youth lead partnership, these skills help girls meet their day-to-day challenges with confidence and perseverance, advocating for the decisions that are best for their futures.
Girls Got Voice offers holistic, gender and youth specific programs and education, to young girls and offer a collaborative safe space where girls and young women can form relationships, build self-esteem and gain resiliency.
Girls Got Voice was founded in 2019. It began in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under a project “Show a Child Love and Care, Child Marriage is Just not Fair” Supported by ‘Mundo Cooperante’, an independent, non-profit development cooperation NGO based in Spain, which aims at working and supporting low-income communities , preferably considering those actions that benefit children, youth and women.
The organization literally ‘grown up’ with the first cohorts of girls who received leadership training and support, and they are now at the forefront of campaign to end child marriages. They are positioned as the experts in determining the most successful strategies to improve girl’s rights and have inspired a new wave of support for girls’ education in their communities and bring positive change out of the many social and economic challenges girls and women face which are mostly sexual gender based violence (GBV).
The organization’s targets young girls and invests in the empowerment of young women and adolescent girls in all spheres of life and works to reduce factors that increase adolescent girls and young women’s vulnerability and prevent them from enjoying their full God given and constitutional rights. Its formation has been necessitated by the numerous challenges vulnerable girls and women face at home, educational institutions, working places, and in the society with the lack of safe places for adolescent girls, women and children those escaping child marriages, domestic violence and other traditional harmful practices and the absence of means to access safe places and protection services worsening the situation.
Girls Got Voice specially focuses on adolescent girls because the process of adolescence is a period of preparation for adulthood during which time several key developmental experiences occur. Besides physical and sexual maturation, these experiences include movement toward social and economic independence, and development of identity, the acquisition of skills needed to carry out adult relationships and roles, and the capacity for abstract reasoning. While adolescence is a time of tremendous growth and potential, it is also a time of considerable risk during which social contexts exert powerful influences. This is a time where girls need guidance and support as they transition from childhood to adolescents.
We as young girls of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has faced various situations which complicated our lives and large number of young girls. Without proper advice and the means, many young girls and women are not being able to make the right decision with regards to their own life. Girls Govt Voice is created to challenge existing norms associated with gender inequalities, such as gender-based violence, lack of access to secondary education, early or forced marriage and lack of choice and therefore believes that young girls must be meaningfully involved in developing policies and programs that are related to them and effect their development and decision making.
Girls Got Vice works with girls from 13 to 17 years, grassroots young women from 18 years up to the age of 35, community leaders, influential women and men, policy makers, legislatures and traditional leaders. Our beneficiaries are vulnerable adolescent girls and young women, female victims of all forms of violence especially SGBV, and young widows who have been discriminated and their households.