Members of one of our 14 Youth Clubs acting to illustrate types of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). SGBV is our key theme this year as we work under European Union’s Natwampane ‘Together to Stop SGBV’ project. Our Youth Clubs (Girls Leading Our World, and Boys For Change) work in 12 schools and 2 clinics. In addition to clubs, we offer Survivor support groups and are providing improved advocacy through government SGBV resource facilities.
“A girl who grows up in a home where her father abuses her mother is more than six times as likely to be sexually abused as a girl who grows up in a non-abusive home. Children who witness or are victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are at higher risk for health problems as adults.” 
“Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home. But they also remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation.” 
Our most recent PEPFAR OVC Caregiver group empowered 70 women-headed households through financial literacy, business capital investment, and monthly savings meetings. These women care for orphaned kids in addition to their own children – many of whom face extra challenges including physical disabilities, positive HIV status, abuse in the home, etc.