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 of an equal world, where everyone has choice and control over their bodies and can use their voices freely and without fear.
Our mission is to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls* who have been marginalised, using participatory learning and drama.
*TfaC includes in its definition, any person who identifies as a woman or a girl.