October 11th marked International Day of the Girl Child, a United Nations-created holiday celebrating young girls around the globe and highlighting aspects of their lives that may necessitate improvement.
Numerous studies have documented how low self-esteem, loneliness, low social support, and poor coping mechanisms can result in elevated engagement in high-risk behavior.
With this in mind, Women Of Action (WOA) launched the “She’s Her Ally” initiative for 2015’s International Day of the Girl Child.
For the “She’s Her Ally” initiative, WOA crafted a day of activities for young girls (ages 5 – 13) to facilitate the communication of their hopes, fears, and dreams, build relationships in their community, and have fun—in the hopes of working towards primary prevention among HIV- girls, and adherence among HIV+ girls.
Participants at all “She’s Her Ally” events answered a series of questions which led to larger discussions. Girls then created flags, symbols of their dreams for the future. Each day ended with a game of tug-o-war, calling for the girls to work together and recognize the power of their collective strength.
“She’s Her Ally” events took place in: China, Russia, India, Mexico, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and the United States.