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GWEN assessed the effects of providing school support

Educational achievement has important implications for the health and well-being of girls. GWEN assessed the effects of providing school support on educational outcomes of orphan girls in urban and rural communities. Results indicated comprehensive support reduced school dropout and absence. Girls who stay in school are less likely to engage in sexual activity and marry as teenagers, and are more likely to have a better economic future and better health, including protection from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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GWEN practices its legal referral system

This intervention explores the legal, policy, and practical issues involved in creating and maintaining child‐friendly legal aid programs. Through its partners such as Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA); GWEN gives provision of legal assistance to children in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings that are accessible, age appropriate, multi‐disciplinary, effective, and that is responsive to the range of legal and social needs faced by children and youth. GWEN practices its legal referral system; Child‐friendly legal aid is delivered by lawyers and paralegals who are trained in children’s law and child and adolescent development, and who are able to communicate effectively with children and their caregivers


GWEN advocates and lobbies towards achieving equality between women and men

Attaining equality between women and men and eliminating all forms of discrimination against women are fundamental human rights. Women around the world nevertheless regularly suffer violations of their human rights throughout their lives, and realizing women’s human rights has not always been a priority. GWEN advocates and lobbies towards achieving equality between women and men and this requires a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which women experience discrimination and are denied equality so as to develop appropriate strategies to eliminate such discrimination.


GWEN’s focus group discussions with women both in urban and rural communities

Constitutions serve as the foundation and framework for the formulation and implementation of national legislation and policies. They possess the status of the highest norms against which all state acts and omissions are evaluated. Constitutional provisions are often inspired by the international human rights obligations of states, and therefore reflect a broad range of social, economic, cultural, political and civil rights and in this context guarantees women empowerment at all levels. GWEN’s focus group discussions with women both in urban and rural communities helps to assess trends and patterns in judicial decision making at the domestic level that applies constitutional provisions to address gender equality and women’s rights when they are affected by customary, religious or patriarchal laws or practices

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GWENTRUST catalyzes the power of the most vulnerable girls and young women to create the future they imagine: for themselves, for their communities, and for Africa


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