The Girl Impact collaborates with local partners to improve the safety and violence statistics of women and children in Cape Town’s impoverished communities through approaches such as art therapy, physical engagement, job readiness, social/emotional support and educational workshops, all while integrating the six pillars.
We aim to ensure all participants involved are safe, support and empowered to create a self-sustaining life for themselves and their families. This is achieved through the provision of tools to keep women and children safe and the education of young boys and men to allow them to do so.
• Just over half of girls in South Africa will leave education before completing Grade 12
• 60,000 women and children in South Africa are victims of intimate-partner violence every month (Children’s Institute at UCT)
• At least 1.1 million young children are likely to be exposed to intimate-partner violence, that is, abuse by a family member (Children’s Institute at UCT)
• In 2012, child victims accounted for 40% of all sexual offences (Children’s Institute at UCT)
• Between 35% to 45% of children have witnessed violence against their mothers (Children’s Institute at UCT)
• 39% of girls aged 15 – 24 years have given birth, with 28% having never married or lived with the father of the child
Cape Town Programs
Art Therapy Workshop
Through art therapy, The Girl Impact develops confident individuals who acknowledge their issues/stresses revolving around safety and violence prevention through expressing their feelings through art and story telling.
Developing and enhancing life skills through South Africa’s Presidents Award in motivating teens to become responsible, well-rounded role models for the community.
Through mentorship, The Girl Impact provides job readiness skills to Quirky 30 coding participants in order for them to attain employment and in return mentor new participants and surrounding youth.
Providing a safe, afterschool space to provide educational and creative workshops around the six pillars.
Providing a safe, afterschool space to empower and educate boys around gender equality topics and addressing the six pillars.
Pregnancy Support Program
Through pre-natal support, we provide pregnant youth with physical, emotional and educational skills.