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Girl District

Girl District aims to teach young people sexual reproductive health through a mentorship program with comics written by girls for girls.

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

The challenges being addressed is access to relevant and reliable sexual reproductive health information in a way that circumvents the stigma attached to seeking this information.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

Are comic books and mentorship program the best way to solve this problem? How many girls prefer this mode of transmission of the SRH message over the traditional classroom sex education classes What ore can we involve to empower the girls to act up on this information?

Explain Your Idea

The idea that a mentorship program of trained facilitators teach their peers on sexual reproductive health and impart life skills. The mentored girls get to contribute to storylines to a comic book series that follows 4 teenagers of different backgrounds dealing with everyday life issues that include Sexual Reproductive Health issues.

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

The girls who bear the bigger consequences of lack of sexual reproductive health need to be empowered to access this information and act up on it. Our mentorship program and comic books provides this information in a relatable manner. A. we are providing relevant and relatable SRH information B. we are empowering them to act up on this information C. we provide them a platform to share their obstacles that might not be addressed

How is your idea unique?

We are teaching SRH through storytelling to break the taboo around discussing this kind of information. We are in the sphere of storytelling and encouraging reading to raise a literate generation so we are killing two birds with one stone. Our idea would be more successful because it is spearheaded by other young people that understand closely these challenges and better placed to start these dialogues.

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

Distribution channel of the comics to different girls around the country. Sustainable revenue and conducting multiple mentorship programs with trained facilitators. Growth model for the idea to encompass different challenges faced by girls as a whole.

Who are your end users?

Teenage girls specifically are the end users and beneficiaries. Our target right now are girls enrolled in secondary schools between 13-19 years. Our intake would be 80 girls in our yearly cohort of the mentorship. They will gain access to SRH information in a novel way; mentorship program and comic books They would directly benefit from being mentored and taught Sexual reproductive health rights to avoid teen pregnancies and contracting STIs or HIV/AIDS.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Rwanda

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Prolonged displacement

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

Prolonged displacement tends to make young girls and women more vulnerable to sexual exploitation which is why we want young girls to have access to SRH information and services. There are cultural and infrastructure challenges in this setting.

What is your organization's name?

Girl District

Tell us more about you.

We are a social entreprise based in Kigali-Rwanda already devoting time to this project in its pilot phase. We are looking for a partner where we would be carrying out the mentorship training as well as writing and publishing comic books. We want our partners to sponsor girls to receive our comic books at affordable prices and also be able to participate in the paid mentorship program. Our team is best suited to implement this idea because we have experience in the writing, editing and publishing field. We are also a team of young people with prior experience in training student associations.

Organizational Characteristics

  • Women-led organization
  • Youth-led organization

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Community - 1+ communities within 1 country

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for less than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for less than a year.

Organization Location

Based in KIgali and Registered in Rwanda under Rwanda Development Board.

What is your organizational status?

  • Registered for-profit company, including social enterprises.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Existing Prototype or Pilot: Tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.



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