Why we exist
Every year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 – Girls Not Brides, 2018
7.3 million girls become pregnant before the age of 18 each year – Plan International, 2018
120 million girls have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts in their lives. By far the most common perpetrators of sexual violence against girls are current or former husbands, partners or boyfriends – UNICEF, 2014
34 million adolescent girls are not in school – UNESCO, 2013
31 million primary school-aged girls are not in school – UNESCO, 2013
About 66% of the world’s 774 million illiterate people are women – UNESCO, 2013
Women and girls across the world still face multiple barriers to good sexual and reproductive health and gender equality. Theatre for a Change works with groups of women and girls who are at high risk of having poor sexual and reproductive health, and who have limited opportunities to assert their gender-based and sexual rights.
Our unique approach combines drama and participatory learning. We address issues they face such as access to education, child marriage, early pregnancy, gender-based violence, HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and communication around sexual health. We aim to catalyse sustainable change and change our participants’ lives for the better.
Our vision is to empower vulnerable and marginalised groups with the knowledge, awareness and skills to positively transform their lives, and the lives of others, at local, national and international levels.
Our mission is to use uniquely active and participatory tools that promote sexual and reproductive health and gender rights.
Our goal is the empowerment of the most vulnerable and marginalised women and girls.
Our values are principles which we believe are central to us and our impact:
- Social Justice – creating a more equal society
- Service – serving the most marginalised people first
- Participation – equal participation in everything we do
- Honesty and openness – telling the truth and being open about our strengths and weaknesses
- Integrity – being true to all of our values
- Responsibility – taking responsibility for our own behaviour
- Commitment – committing to living our values