"I Am my sister's keeper"
Encouragement of older women to take care of others(adolescents) by promoting sexual reproductive health.
Crown The Woman ensures adolescent girls in schools, I.D.P camps get menstrual hygiene kit to reduce dropout,(S.Sudan), a war torn country.
Distribution of menstrual hygiene kit(sanitary towels both reusable and disposable, soap, wrappers,slippers, bins for disosing pads) and sports kits to adolescent girls to maintain them in schools during menstruation period so as to improve performance. In addition, we also take them through hygiene sessions through our mentorship program.
We also talk to the boys and the community to understand our work so as not to interfere like they always do.
What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?
South Sudan is a war torn country,which has led to displacement of many people especially children and women. This continuous displacement of populations has led to poverty and therefore contributed to bad culture like forcing the girls out of school to marry them off,early child pregnancy as( the girls get pregnant to avoid the forced marriage or even some commiting suicide).
The level of illeteracy especially for girls is the worst even in the world. 1% of girls finish primary school. Because of this, we started a campaign "I AM MY SISTER'S KEEPER" to promote girl child education through approaches like sexual reproductive health e.g provision of menstrual hygiene kits(reusable and disposable pads,etc) and mentorship of the girls.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?
Unsupportive community like parents (culture)and even policy makers. Girls are married off even as early as 12 years. The question here is why? Is it poverty or the barbaric culture?
Why can't the adolescent girls stay in school?? Is it because of being unable to affOrd sanitary towels??(F.Y.I 1 packet in my country goes to 3 dollars)
Why are there less girls in school than boys or even less female teachers than male?
Why can't our government put policies that will promote these rights?
Explain Your Idea
Through mentorship program, we get mentors that's women who are doing well in our communities to mentor these adolescents on many issues like menstrual hygiene , sexual reproductive health and rights, peace among other issues that would keep a girl out of school,we also shoot and share inspirational movies on issues like Gender based violence ,we also form clubs for these girls to interact farther where they also do book reading a's sisters.
We provide sanitary towels both reusable and disposable to these girls but in plan of teaching them how to make them .
After mentoring the girls
Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).
1.Changing mindsets of communities especially adolescents
2. Maintaining girls in schools even among challenges like poverty
3. Pushing for policies to reduce these challenges
How is your idea unique?
It's unique because it's implemented by younger women like muslf .
It's also unique because we ado in the angle of movie production to inspire the population
It's also unique because we are resilient and pushing to change issues in a war torn country .
We also involve our beneficiaries for sustainability purposes of the project that's we dont just provide them with products and services but also teach them how to get them or make them .
What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?
How to keep going in a war torn country with less supportive policies
Who are your end users?
And the entire community of south Sudan
They are in South Sudan especially Juba and rajaf and we hope to expand to reach out to more
They are mainly between 13 to even 30. For example we have a girl who was forced into marriage but returned to school and now she's 30 years old.
Where will your idea be implemented?
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Community at risk of disaster
Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in
We are implementing this in a war torn country south Sudan and focusing on adolescent girls in schools and internally displaced camps.
Risks include; interruption from boys (but we hope to put them in the program by first of all talking to them to understand why we do what we do)
The culture which encourages forced early child marriages
Poor infrastructure like no good roads
Political problems like censorship from discussing certain issues but we know how to always beat these challenges
What is your organization's name?
Crown The Woman-South Sudan (www.crown the woman.org )
Tell us more about you.
We are a women founded and women led non- profit and non-governmental organisation that is working towards women empowerment socially, politically and economically for sustainable development based in South Sudan.
We'll devote our time 100% because we are committed, passionate, empathetic and professional . We also have a team of 10 staff though when we have activities we bring in volunteers as well to help.
We believe we are best to implement this idea because we are diverse in a sense that we have people from different tribes yet in my country tribalism is an issue, we are also a team of young south Sudanese women with 3 energetic passionate men who care and crave for change for our country .
What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?
National - expansive reach within 1 country
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
Expertise in Sector
Yes, for more than a year.
We are registered and based in Juba-South Sudan.
What is your organizational status?
Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.
What is the maturity of your innovation?
Roll-out/Ready to Scale: Completed a pilot and am ready / in process of expanding.
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