Golden Girls Power provides safe space for adolescent girls from Kibera to meet, form friendships, learn life skills, and discuss issues that are important to them. The club is led by a woman from Kibera who has received training in leading girls programming. The girls are divided into two groups according to age; the high school group meets on Saturdays and the primary school group meets on Sundays at the Uweza center.
Prior to forming the club, we asked girls participating in our programs to describe some of the challenges that girls in Kibera face. These challenges included:
— Early pregnancy
Participating girls have been involved in naming the club, deciding the meeting times, choosing the location for their trips, choosing session topics, leading sessions and recruiting their friends to participate. In the future, older club members will be trained as peer counselors and given the skills and tools to start their own Golden Girls Power clubs in their neighborhoods. Ensuring that girls are given ownership of the club’s activities helps girls build confidence and leadership skills and encourages them to assert their opinions and point of view not only in the club’s settings but also in their community.