About Us


The mission of the GIRLS! Project is to empower girls at risk of  School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) through education.School-related  gender-based violence (SRGBV) encompasses sexual, physical and  psychological violence occurring at school and on the journey to and  from school. It is violence  that is perpetrated as a result of gender stereotyping, discriminatory  practices and unequal gender relations. It includes explicit threats or  acts of physical violence, bullying, verbal or sexual harassment,  non-consensual touching, sexual coercion and assault,  and rape. 








The mission of the GIRLS! Project is to empower girls at risk of  School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) through education.School-related  gender-based violence (SRGBV) encompasses sexual, physical and  psychological violence occurring at school and on the journey to and  from school. It is violence  that is perpetrated as a result of gender stereotyping, discriminatory  practices and unequal gender relations. It includes explicit threats or  acts of physical violence, bullying, verbal or sexual harassment,  non-consensual touching, sexual coercion and assault,  and rape. 








According to UNESCO, SRGBV is a global phenomenon that impacts millions of children worldwide, especially girls. A significant number of cases are under-reported and the exact number of children suffering as a result of SRGBV remains unknown. GIRLS! Project's five year strategic plan launched in 2015 supports the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 4, 5, and 10. 

  • Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages 
  • Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
  • Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
  • Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries      

According to UNESCO, SRGBV is a global phenomenon that impacts millions of children worldwide, especially girls. A significant number of cases are under-reported and the exact number of children suffering as a result of SRGBV remains unknown. GIRLS! Project's five year strategic plan launched in 2015 supports the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 4, 5, and 10. 

  • Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages 
  • Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
  • Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
  • Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries      

GIRLS! Project utilizes the Healing through Literature model as an empowerment tool and provides books and psychosocial support to girls who are survivors or at-risk of school related gender-based violence in urban and rural villages in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Our evidenced based program aims to decrease SRGBV and increase population health in the communities we serve.  

GIRLS! Project utilizes the Healing through Literature model as an empowerment tool and provides books and psychosocial support to girls who are survivors or at-risk of school related gender-based violence in urban and rural villages in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Our evidenced based program aims to decrease SRGBV and increase population health in the communities we serve.