Girl Determined Circles is our core program. The Circles are weekly, structured, after school peer groups that span two academic years. All circles are run by Girl Determined trained facilitators. Reflecting our research and independent findings in the fields of public health and education, we have designed a girl-centered, strengths-based curriculum that aims to develop the whole girl. The five modules address issues such as decision-making, self-confidence, building friendship, understanding cultural and religious differences, girls’ rights and planning for ones future. Evaluations show that regular participation is having a deep impact on girls' view of themselves in the world. The girls tell us that they have an increased desire to assert themselves in making decisions that affect their futures, including choosing school over work and directly addressing violence in their homes and communities. There are more than 2,000 girls participating in Girl Determined Circles on a weekly basis.

Photographs by Andrew Stanbridge