Let Girls Work 2019

  • Education
  • Rwanda
This project is led by Tracey Matheny, a Volunteer from Minnesota

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Role models inspire us, guide us, and help us reach our potential. While girls in Rwanda now attend school at rates almost equal to that of boys, there is still a significant disparity between the number of men and women in the workforce. To address this gender-divide, young women need strong female role models in order to see themselves reflected in high professions. The Let Girls Work Program, a collaboration between Peace Corps, local schools, the National Women’s council, local NGOs, and universities fosters a culture of mentorship between professionals and the next generation of leaders. By developing tangible skills, LGW promotes youth employment and education development for female secondary students. Now in its fourth year, LGW consists of 3 phases: a career club, district-wide mentorship, and a career panel. Phase 1 utilizes a career preparation curriculum taught by Rwandan counterparts and PCVs in participating schools across the country. In Phase 2, collaboration with local National Women’s Council Representatives will allow young female students to connect with local professionals, gaining hands-on experience in their intended careers. The National Women's Council Representatives will assist in finding mentors for the girls so they will have an opportunity to learn about their intended career, as well as to build connections and work skills to obtain a job in that career field. Finally, Phase 3 will consist a career panel and workshops with speakers from Akilah Institute for Women, Kepler University, and Rwandan professionals who have served as mentors in previous years. Members of these organizations will discuss their careers with the girls during a panel day and, much like the mentors from phase 2, will educate them on skills and knowlegde that will be applicable for the girls to build a career of their own. The program reaches around 600 Rwandan female students or more, giving them not only the resources and skills to enter the job market but the confidence to plan, set, and achieve their goals. “You can’t be what you can’t see.”- Marie Wilson

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