In honour of International Day of the Girl on October 11, discover words of empowerment from members of Girls' Empowerment Clubs.


Phiwokuhle lost her mom. After her dad remarried, she had to move with her grandparents. Before joining the Girls' Empowerment Club in her school, Phiwokuhle was shy and a little bit lost. But not anymore!

“Today I am confident. The girls are my family now. I don’t feel so shy anymore. We talk in debates and enjoy ourselves. We advise other girls. It is fun. I like being around the girls. I want to be an independent girl, full of life. I want to live a happy life. I want to be a lawyer and I know I will. I believe in myself now.”




Wendy is 18. Her dad died when she was in preschool and she was raised by her mom and aunt. Wendy wants to use her experience to help others and she knows she has all the tools to do it.
“Being in the club has made me self-confident. I know who I am. It has helped me be independent. When I have problems I share them with other girls. I have learned when someone is abusing you, you have to report it to a mentor, a teacher or to the other girls. It hasn’t happened to me, but I know what to do if it does.   I would like to go to college and study nursing. I want to help young children who have lost a parent like I did when I was young.”




Balulekile is 12. When she was younger, her aunt abused and beat her. This situation impacted her studies and she ended up failing at school. Now, she knows she can overcome her past and that her “dreams can still come true”.

“When I heard about the Girls' Empowerment Club I decided to join. When I joined I realized I had something in life. […] The Club helped me, it gave me strength. I learned I was not the only one who had been abused and had kept quiet. I am so thankful to be a part of the Club because the girls help each other.”


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