Who we are

BRAVE creates girl leaders.  BRAVE supports girl-led initiatives and is building a network of women and girl leaders across the African continent.

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We create opportunities for girls, and work with those who can provide the resources, knowledge, experience, and safety that girls need to lead.  We are girl-led, and provide platforms for girls to tell their own stories.  BRAVE helps a girl express herself, build a network of support, and believe in herself so that she can become a leader.

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BRAVE is firmly committed to ending violence against girls and women.   South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape and sexual violence on the continent, but we are not alone.  Two out of every five rape victims is a girl under the age of 17.  Many girls and women – and boys – are not safe walking to and from school or work.  Over 40% of girls in Africa drop out of school by age 14 and only 6-8% of girls who started primary school enter university.  Without an education, girls can not overcome economic inequality and ensure a live free from violence for themselves and their own daughters.