This International Day of the Girl Child, thousands of girls in Brazil donâ€™t even have a chance to go to school. With high rates of teen pregnancy, 1 in 10 will be married before their 15th birthday. Women across the UK are uniting on social media to speak to their 15 year old selves and raise awareness of the vital need for girls in poverty in Brazil to be empowered with #AdviceForGirls on health, relationships and education. Take action and make a difference!
This is me at 15!
Why not add your name to the campaign by posting a photo of yourself aged 15 (or thereabouts) and share what one piece of advice you would give your teenage self. Please tag your post #AdviceForGirls #dayofthegirl and @compassionUK. Help us to spread the word by encouraging your friends and followers to do the same and make a difference to girls in Brazil by texting EMPOWER to 70140 to donate Â£4 and give two girls hope.*Â
Making a difference to teenage girls in Brazil
1 in 10 girls in Brazil are married before their 15th birthday. With high rates of teenage pregnancy and child marriage, many girls living in poverty drop-out of school with few employment prospects. Compassionâ€™s Handbook for Girls Brazil fundraising campaign is hoping to change this. Launched this summer, the campaign aims to raise Â£20,000 so that all 10,000 girls in Compassion's church-based projects in Brazil receive a Handbook with vital information on health, education, relationships and employment.
Discover more about empowering girls
The Handbooks are being developed by Compassion Brazilâ€™s programme staff in partnership with child development experts, including psychologists and education professionals and are aimed at girls aged 12-20. Whatâ€™s more, church partners will receive training in how best to support girls in the topics covered in the Handbook and boys will participate in workshops on the value of women.
Each book costs just Â£2 to produce and distribute. You can text EMPOWER to 70140 to give Â£4 and change the life of two girls in Brazil.* You can also donate on our empower webpage.Â
Text costs donation amount of Â£4 plus standard network charges. Compassion UK receives 100% of your donation. Please obtain bill payer's permission before texting. Customer care is available on 01932 836 490. Registered charity in England and Wales (1077216) and Scotland (SC045059).