Rock Girl: On the Road
Rock Girl on the Road
Since 2009, Rock Girl, an award-winning non-profit organization, has trained young women to be advocates for themselves and their communties. In November, Rock Girl was one of only four organizations from sub-Saharan Africa and one of only 20 around the world to win the With and For Girls Award. This award honours organisations that are impacting girls lives and helping girls become leaders in their communities and countries.
Rock Girl is on the Road!
In June 2015, we launched Rock Girls On the Road to take teenage girls from South Africa on road trips across the country to meet other girls and document their stories. They also meet inspirational women and men who are working to end violence against women and girls and create a society where the rights of all are respected. On their return, they produce radio shows for the national radio station, photo exhibit,s and short films about what it means to be a girl in South Africa today. They also meet with senior government officials and community leaders to demand solutions to the challenges girls face.
Most importantly, Rock Girls are broadening the circle of sisterhood.
These girls are brave.
In the Cape Flats outside Cape Town, where most of the Rock Girls live, girls dodge bullets on the way to school due to gang violence. Many are dealing with PTSD and secondary trauma. For the last seven years, Rock Girl has given them a safe space where they can experience their curiosity, intelligence, resourcefulness, joy and strength.
Rock Girls advocate for:
* Access to free, quality education from grade 1 to grade 12, and beyond, including transportation to get there safely.
* Reproductive health care from an early age
* Freedom from all forms of sexual, domestic, and physical violence in their homes, schools, communities, and jobs.
We have just returned from our third road trip in October 2016 to the North West and Gauteng Provinces. On this trip, we spent time in the Platinum Belt near Rustenburg where Medicins sans Frontieres estimates 55,000 girls are raped each year. We spoke on community radio and demanded prosecution of those who rape and sexually assault girls. We also met with Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron to find out how to use the constitution to create lasting solutions for girls.
In November, we are on our BRAVE bus again, which we purchased with your support. It is outfitted to be a mobile recording studio and a safe space for girls to meet. This time we are taking 30 girls on our fifth Leadership Camp as well as embarking on our fourth Road Trip to the Cedarberg area, where we will help girls establish our first rural Rock Girl chapter.
On 1 December 2016, we will offiicially open our BRAVE shop, both online and at our new office space in Cape Town. BRAVE tote bags, perfume, and hand made bowls will help raise funds for our ongoing work in 2017.
Every dollar you contribute supports these young women as they become activists and advocates for themselves and for girls across the country.
$1,200 covers the entire cost of one Rock Girl's travel for 10 days
$500 will pay for the group to camp in a nature reserve.
$250 will cover one day’s food and supplies.
$100 will provide park and museum entrance fees for the group.
$50 will cover our daily internet fees so we can update from the road.
$100,000 will purchase the overland vehicle and customize it to serve as our mobile office and travelling radio studio.
PLEASE DONATE TODAY
You can make a big difference in their lives.
Experiencing other cultures, different languages, new foods, and more importantly, new perspectives can be a life-changing experience.
For many of the Rock Girls, it's the first time they have traveled beyond the city limits. On each trip, Rock Girl helps girls far off the beaten path establish Rock Girl support groups in their own communities. Back home, they lead Rock Girl groups in their schools to reach more girls and bridge the geographic, racial, and economic divides between young women.
This is where you come in. These young women have been supporting themselves and one another. Please help us widen the circle of support. Your financial contribution, no matter the size, can help change the trajectory of these girls' lives.
Risks & Challenges
These trips are a big undertaking. And a big responsibility. We have received incredible support from the local tourism industry. In 2017, some Rock Girls will be trained by Escape+Explore as Adventure Guides and begin sharing their experiences with visitors to South Africa. Guides, scientists, judges, prosecutors and rangers are donating their time to be with us.
S everal hotels, hostels and game reserves have hosted us at no charge. On each trip, we have a trained facilitator, radio producer, certified medical support, a professional driver, and an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. If you would like to join one of our trips in 2017, please contact us!
We are committed to amplifying the voices of these powerful and brave young women.
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India Baird, Founder - Rock Girl
Sue Jaye Johnson - Partner - Rock Girl
Rock Girl believes girls can lead. Help us make this possible by donating today.
Just another few days with Rock Girl on the Road.
Today we head to the Apartheid Museum then dinner with some powerful women leaders. We are looking forward to a bath and sleeping for days when we return.
Thank you for making this happen.
Sue, India and the Rock Girls