VOICE 4 Girls conducts activity-based camps during school holidays for vulnerable adolescent girls from impoverished backgrounds who are currently in education but at high risk of dropping out due to pressure to get married or become child labourers.
SLA began to support VOICE 4 Girls for a trial period of 3 years in October 2016. SLA’s project will help 6,000 girls in 30 schools in Hyderabad and the surrounding countryside. To date, VOICE 4 Girls has reached out to 30,000 girls.
During a three-year cycle of camps and follow-up activities, ‘campers’ learn about and discuss their rights, reproductive health, sexual relations, domestic violence, conflict resolution, financial literacy, career options, future planning and leadership. They also improve their spoken English skills, which are important for future employment opportunities.
The goal is to empower them to make decisions about their futures, to remain in education and to resist forced labour, violence, early marriage and childbirth, in accordance with Indian law. In this way, the project empowers girls and encourages their families and communities to safeguard the rights of women and girls.