Her Turn

Her Turn is an education and empowerment workshop for rural girl students and girls who have dropped out of school, aged 12-16. The workshops are conducted daily for four weeks. During the first half the curriculum covers basic health issues, such as hygiene, menstruation and nutrition, and safety issues, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking and early marriage. Third week of the program is devoted to confidence and leadership skills development and during the last week the girls plan and implement a small community project. The girls also form Girl Support Committees who regularly meet with mentors and support girls and boys in their schools and communities to work on various problems related to health, safety, and their schools. On the last day, they direct and perform a community ceremony, during which they present their newly acquired public speaking skills to their parents, teachers, and other community members. These events serve as advocacy platforms for the girls to talk about issues they find important – early marriage, trafficking, domestic violence, and others.

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The workshops are delivered by young local women who come from the same communities as the girls. They speak local languages, and they understand the girls’ contexts well. The trainers first complete a 5-days long training of trainers, and after the workshop completion some of them go on to become our mentors.

 

“After completing Her Turn workshop, I’m able to maintain menstruation hygiene and I’m also able to tell my mother and sisters that it is a natural process and there is no need for any form of restrictions during periods.”
HT Participant from Sindhupachowk

Between 2013 and 2018, we have worked with 6,163 girls. Below a breakdown of this figure:
2013 419
2014 1086
2015 622
2016 1558
2017 2267
2018 211

If you’re interested in the details methodology and evaluation of Her Turn workshops, you can check the resources below:

Her Turn Curriculum, 2019

Annex 1 – Resources

Short-term and mid-term impact evaluation of Her Turn programming, 2017