TARGETING RISK FACTORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
The root causes of human trafficking can be traced to lack of self image, supportive community, and healthy relationships. Empower was written so that girls can take the obstacles, hardships and pressures that are so often placed upon them and turn them into something good. It teaches them to turn challenges into learning experiences, enabling them to emerge stronger and better equipped for the world that they face. In fact, this is why Empower was created in the first place: to provide girls a community in which they learn how to embrace and reveal their inner beauty.
ABOUT THE CURRICULUM
Empower is a tool of the Daughter Project, a Global Family campaign that focuses on protecting young girls and preventing child trafficking and sexual abuse. Global Family Care Network is a non-profit organization that aims to protect children and preserve families in partnership with other community-based organizations. Empower is a two-part program designed to educate young girls and build communities of support.
Empower consists of lessons around building character, overcoming challenges, growing up, influencing others well, and planning for the future. Meetings consist of foundational lessons designed to build a sense of community and friendship amongst young girls and strengthen self-image, social skills and healthy habits. Each meeting is composed of a lesson, discussion, activities and a sample journal prompt for girls to record their thoughts. The lessons are adaptable to different age groups, religious affiliations and educational systems.
Meetings that address positive thinking are designed to help girls discover healthy ways of dealing with stress and difficult situations. Those that address facing obstacles and enduring hardship, on the other hand, are meant to allow a space where girls can identify and tackle the challenges they face, whether at home, school or in their communities.
The goal of this book is impact. Girls will emerge from Empower as leading young women in their schools and communities, and will inspire other girls to make a positive difference as well. It is our hope that this curriculum will provide young girls with the tools and knowledge to protect themselves, the supportive communities to turn to and the realization of their potential.