We have learned that the target group (young girls) were more vulnerable than we initially thought, as at the beginning of the sessions they weren’t voicing their opinions or they were afraid to. We noticed that the girls weren’t expressing themselves, it was mainly a few that would be confident enough to speak.
We also learned that the girls were heavily influenced by their families and their attitudes were impacted by how much support they were getting.
In the future we would do more one on one sessions with the girls so they feel more comfortable talking about the issues that affect them as they might have been too worried in some areas to voice it to the group.
We have learned as an organisation that our young girls are so smart and will proceed with life with a better mindset, at least not to be impacted by the pressures of society. Our organisation has learned that empowering our most vulnerable members makes them more involved.
We would suggest to other organisations not to be afraid to bring up taboo topics within their group as it’s the only way the girls can get reliable information. Sometimes if the target group tries to get answers from the internet it may do more harm than good.