GirlForward’s programs are based on the Population Council’s Safe Spaces Model, empowering girls by providing them with friends, mentors, and safe spaces. Through our Safe Spaces Project, girls exercise leadership skills in small groups that focus on cultural identity, problem-solving, and other projects of the girls’ choosing.
Meaning “courage” or “strength” in Nepali, Shakti is GirlForward’s leadership group comprised of ethnic Nepali girls from the Bhutanese refugee community. News and updates from Shakti are regularly posted on GirlForward’s blog.
Iraq & Daughters
Our Iraqi girls’ group was the second group added to the Safe Spaces Project. The group is led by Sarab Shada, who is studying at Loyola University Chicago through the Iraqi Student Project. News and updates from Iraq & Daughters are regularly posted on GirlForward’s blog.