We use surveys before and after our programs to assess their impacts. We also talk to girls, their families and communities to see whether there have been impacts beyond girls. You can learn about the results in our reports and some of the results from years 2013-2016 below.
“With GSC and mentorship program we are able to contribute to our community and work together against social problems.”
HT Participant, Sindhupalchok
There was 63% increase in the knowledge of violence against women related laws – from 28% before the workshops to 91% after. 42% more girls knew what they can do in case of domestic violence (from 53% to 95%) and 38% more knew what to do if they or someone they know is at risk of trafficking (from 57% to 95%). 38% of girls knew what to do if they are bullied at school (an increase from 58% to 95%) and when they are harassed (56% to 91%). 22% more girls reported that they know someone they can go to when they are afraid – from 59% to 81%. In terms of knowledge, 31% more knew what human trafficking is (an increase from 66% to 97%) and 25% knew what early marriage is (75% to 99%).
After the workshops, when the GSC work with mentors they put this knowledge to action. They often intervene in cases of early marriage and sometimes sexual harassment and other criminal cases, which are then referred to service providers.
“We used to be careless about health and sanitation, and didn’t used to go school during menstruation. But after the workshop we have become careful about sanitation. Now during menstruation we use cloth pads that we received with HT dignity kit and we change it every 3 hours. We are able to go school regularly and we will also aware community girls and women about this.”
HT participant, Jumla
Girls also report learning about puberty, hygiene and menstrual hygiene. Menstrual hygiene is the area that girls identify as most useful in their lives and are very enthusiastic to learn. Her Turn workshops provide hands on knowledge on how to maintain hygiene and present it as a natural body function rather than a shameful occurrence. For many girls the workshops are the first time when menstruation is discussed openly and honestly.
31% more girls report knowing what menstruation is, from 67% to 97%, and 31% more report knowing how to maintain hygiene during menstruation (an increase from 66% to 98%). Regarding puberty, the results are similar: 32% more girls know what puberty is (66% to 98%) and 34% more know how to maintain hygiene during puberty (61% to 95%).
While the feeling of empowerment and strength is perhaps difficult to measure, we regularly hear the girls say that the workshops helped them become more confident. They often say things like one 12 years old participant: “After the workshops I became more confident. I am not afraid to talk to people, even the older people in my community.” After the workshops, 25% more girls report feeling strong – an increase from 59% to 84%, 32% report feeling empowered (an increase from 59% to 31%) and 34% more report knowing women leaders.
“When I grow up, I want to be a nurse. I’m studying hard to achieve this goal. Even if it will be difficult to become a nurse, I won’t give up. I will invest in my education and work hard to become a nurse.”
HT participant, Sindhupalchok