The Power to Do Something is predominately run by women and is an organization that focuses solely on issues facing girls and women in Africa. At The Power to Do Something, we understand the plight of the female child in Africa and the daily struggles she faces, because we are an organization that was founded by a woman from Africa and are supported by a team of individuals who have experienced firsthand or witnessed the atrocities of war, violence, and/or poverty. We pride ourselves on being an organization that is not simply trying to give girls and women a handout, but rather, we equip our girls and women to have a hand up in their communities, and in the world. We aim to grow successful women from an early age through a set of diverse programs. When you choose to support The Power to Do Something, you are choosing to change the world, one girl and one woman at a time.

Why Girls and Women?

Women and children are the ones most affected by war, gender-based violence, and poverty.  Compared to her male counterpart, females in Africa are more exposed to a life of abuse, exploitation, and unequal educational/leadership opportunities. There are widespread statistics that clearly illustrate the ongoing plight of girls and women in Africa and around the world.

The Facts

  • 33 million primary school-aged children in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have the opportunity to attend school. 18 million of these children are girls.
  • In Niger, only 15 percent of the women can read. 
  • 40% of Africans over the age of 15, and 50% of women above the age of 25 are illiterate. 
  • Of the 67.5 million children out of school around the world, 95% live in developing countries.
  • Women and girls comprise 60% of all Africans living with HIV. 
  • Some two million children, mostly girls as young as five years old, as part of the growing commercial sex trade around the world. 
  • In sub-Saharan Africa between 13% and 45% of women are assaulted by intimate partners during their lifetimes. 
  • In Kenya, 43% of 15-49 years old women reported having experienced some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime. 
  • In Uganda, according to 2006 DHS data, about 59 percent of Ugandan women ages 15-49 have experienced physical and/or sexual partner violence in their lifetime. 
  • Sexual abuse and rape by an intimate partner is not considered a crime in most countries, and women in most societies do not consider forced sex as rape if they are married to, or cohabiting with, the perpetrator. 

The Power to Do Something believes that women are the gateway to the development of Africa and the world. When women are educated, they are empowered and are more inclined to reinvest in their communities. “Once you educate the boys, they tend to leave the villages and go search for work in the cities, but the girls stay home, become leaders in the community, and pass on what they’ve learned. If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, improve basic hygiene and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls.” Greg Mortenson