GIRLS CONGRESS

The African Girls Congress is an interactive leadership platform and program which is designed to engage, equip and inspire girls to be active participants in their communities, and to grow to become the next generation of leaders who challenge systems and institutions that perpetuate discrimination against girls. The African Girls congress, which is premised on similar strategic approaches as our MiLead Fellows Program, is tailored for girls between the ages of 13 and 19. It provides a forum to engage and to equip girls with critical leadership and interpersonal skills that will enable them realize their fullest potential—intellectually, emotionally, and socially. The program utilizes social networking technologies, skills training workshops, role-playing, assigned readings, projects, field trips, counseling, film, peer mentoring, case studies and presentations to engage participants. The two-week congress seeks to build skills in public speaking, volunteering, personal development, social networking, and peer mentoring. It also seeks to introduce candidates to and strengthen their knowledge on critical issues of importance to girls and women in Africa- ranging from the rights of the African child and sexual reproductive health rights to entrepreneurship and personal development. It will nurture active citizenship and interest in service to community, encourage personal strength, discipline, courage, and compassion to help serve their various communities.