WORK IN PROGRESS
She is renowned for her innovative, proactive and preventative girl child empowerment programs which today directly benefit over 70 000 girls per year in Zimbabwe . From just one Girls’ Club at Zengeza 1 High School, Zimbabwe, GCN now has 700 clubs in ten provinces of Zimbabwe. Betty has implemented innovative strategies directly eliminating gender-based violence and the harmful cultural practices that fuel the spread of HIV and AIDS among girls .
Girl Child Network Worldwide is in place to support empowerment of girls in the home, school and community. Everything we do conforms to our notion of empowerment. We are a proactive development organisation that prevents .There are ten indicators of an empowered girl and we work with them through girls clubs. The Girl Child Empowerment Model has worked with 300 000 in Zimbabwe over a decade and it is a best practice model being replicated round the world.
What we mean by empowerment:
Empowerment is a process of facilitating,providing and instilling the means so that girls overcome challenges and reach their full potential as women.
facilitating –making it possible for someone to have access and control and work on their own with guidance and not being directed .Present many options to choose from but leaving an individual to pick up an option that works best for them .Allow someone to explore,experiment and discover and allowing them to make mistakes and learn from them .A girl must have their space ,choice and voice
Instilling-like undoing all negative and patriachial values and replacing them with more positive thinking and ideas and allowing these to sink
Providing –make sure information ,knowledge ,materials that is ,human and financial resources are easily available for us
INNOVATION ON GIRLS EMPOWERMENT CLUBS
Betty Makoni, Founder and Director of Girl Child Network (GCN) Zimbabwe is also Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network World Wide, an organization that champions the rights of the girl child globally. Since 1999 Betty has mobilized over 300 000 girls to be empowered so that they reach their full potential. The Girl Child Empowerment Model she came up with has since been replicated in many parts of the world and it is spreading like veld fire.
Betty has mobilized financial resources to build four Girls Empowerment Villages, a unique model that provides safe shelter and healing for sexually abused girls. Over a decade ago, over 70 000 sexually abused girls have been empowered and rehabilitated through family, school and in the community.
Betty is the founder of Ray of Hope–Network, an organization for rape and domestic violence survivors and is featured in the bestselling book,
Betty Makoni is a renowned girl child rights activist, Founder and Director of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe (GCNZ) and Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network World Wide, an organisation that champions the rights of the girl child in Zimbabwe and world over.She is driven by passion and positive Traditional thought of proactive development activism where her power is just born. Read more about Girls Empowerment Villages here Click here
she has mobilised financial resources to build four Girls Empowerment Villages, a unique model that provides safe shelter, healing, and a future to sexually abused girls and she took this model from 400 years ago in the traditional Royal family and felt she could use same concept to transform victims into survivors and leaders walking in the fullness of their potential
Betty Makoni being a former beneficiary of a scholarship for disadvantaged girls, has over 5000 girls benefiting from a girls scholarship program. Daily sexually abused girls are being rescued from abusive environments and reinstated in school and reunified with child friendly family members.