Power2Girls is a non-profit organization that focuses on empowering girls in Ghana to own their future.
Flagship project summary
Our flagship project focuses on reducing teenage pregnancy and HIV in girls by teaching them to think critically about the risks associated with cross-generational relationships. Power2Girls uses already tested and proven solutions to empower girls. Our flagship project localizes and delivers a UNICEF-developed sugar daddy awareness curriculum to youth (ages 10-16) in Ghana to teach them about the risks of having sex with older men.
3. Finally, we deliver the curriculum to both parents/teachers and students through workshops, which take place during and after school (And provide resources and support to the school's change-agent).
1. First, we work with a team of local change-agents, young adults in Ghana committed to our mission of empowering girls through sex education, to localize, test, and revise the curriculum.
4. All along the way we continuously measure our output, outcomes and results.
2. Next, we find schools or programs interested in participating and make sure our program fits their needs.
FLAGSHIP PROJECT CURRICULUM
A randomized control trial conducted among teenagers in Kenya by French researcher, Pascaline Dupas, found that informing girls about the relative risks associated with sugar-daddies decreased the incidence of teen pregnancies with older, riskier partners by 61% and that sexually active girls substituted away from older partners to protected sex with teenage partners. Providing previously unknown information was shown to empower girls to say no to cross-generational relationships and unprotected sex and to choose to engage in safer relationships with younger partners. Our curriculum is modeled after this study.
- Our lesson begins with a 20-minute animation video, “Sara: The Trap,” developed by UNICEF as part of the Sara Communication Initiative, a program “primarily aimed at delaying the age of sexual debut for African girls and empowering them to handle sexual advances from boys and men, including 'sugar daddies,' and other forms of sexual exploitation.”
- Following the video, students are shown statistics about actual HIV infection and teenage pregnancy rates in Ghana. The class facilitators then engage the class in a discussion about the reasons for these patterns, the risks of cross-generational relationships, and what they can do to help support the girls in their community.
- We conclude with a short role-play activity and an opportunity for the students to ask questions.