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The girls of today have the power to become the unstoppable women of tomorrow.

Join She’s Got The Power and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with girls in sub-Saharan Africa to make sure they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

You can double your impact—with donations to mothers2mothers (m2m) matched until 2nd of December, thanks to the backing of generous donors!

“Role models inspire you and that makes you work very hard. My role model is my m2m Peer Mentor Mary Kagabo. What Mary told me will help me achieve my dreams and goals. I am now unstoppable. I am now confident enough to stand on my two legs. Because when girls rise up, we all rise.”

Betty Harunda, 19, m2m client in Uganda

Every girl and young woman should have the power to choose how she wants to live her life and have someone to look up to who can inspire her future. Yet, many girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa are being left behind, and left to overcome significant challenges and deeply entrenched inequalities by themselves.

In sub-Saharan Africa…

1 out of 3 girls are married before their 18th birthday.1

5,500 young women, aged 15–24, contract HIV globally every week, the majority of whom are in this region.2

Nearly 1 out of 5 girls, aged 10-19, become pregnant.3

COVID-19 has added fuel to the fire, putting the next generation at even greater risk. The situation is particularly critical in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls and young women are already vulnerable, having been disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic.

What is She’s Got The Power?

She’s Got The Power is a movement to ensure girls and young women are the architects of their future and have the power to be who they want to be.

Why Now?

As we rebuild our world following this pandemic, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape a future that is truly inclusive and gender equal—by equipping girls and young women with the tools, knowledge, and self-confidence to become the architects of their own lives.

Why m2m?

m2m is employing a new generation of inspirational role models—Peer Mentors, aged 20 to 24, who use their experiences and understanding of their communities to create a support network for their peers. Through youth-friendly services and education, they support girls and young women to make healthy life choices.

Be part of the movement!

We have an exciting line-up of activities to help bring hope and inspiration to 2020!

Hover over the boxes to find out more!

Help us create a movement on social media to celebrate the inspiring people in our lives, by sharing your role model using #ShesGotThePower, donating £10/$10 to m2m, and tagging friends to do the same!

A unique collaboration between jewellery brand Rachel Jackson London and m2m Ambassador and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor on a very special limited edition phoenix charm, with all profits going to m2m (with international shipping)!

m2m’s Nozi Samela will talk to British author and presenter Giovanna Fletcher for a special episode of her acclaimed podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby, available from the 13th of October—mark your calendar!

m2m is hosting a panel discussion with extraordinary young activists who are mobilising and leading their peers to shape a better future on Tuesday 13th of October at 9:00am PDT / 12:00pm EDT / 5:00pm BST / 6:00pm CEST. Register for free.

Marie Claire U.K. and m2m are delighted to join together to amplify the voices of the strong young women we work with and to share the inspiring stories of their role models. Read more here.

Keep an eye on this space as we reveal exciting collaborations and activities.

And donate if you can! Don’t forget your donations can go twice as far until until 2nd of December.

 

Sources:

  1. World Bank, Africa Loses Billions of Dollars Due to Child Marriage, Says New World Bank Report, 20 November 2018
  2. Pregnant stat; BMC, Prevalence and determinants of adolescent pregnancy in Africa: a systematic review and Meta-analysis, 2018
  3. HIV infections stat is UNAIDS, Global HIV & AIDS statistics — 2020 fact sheet: https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/fact-sheet
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