We are so excited about the new Girls Not Brides youth activism training programme, called “Stand Up, Speak Out”. These new training resources offer you a carefully planned series of workshops, all designed to empower young people; both by building knowledge around child marriage and by strengthening the skills they need to become powerful change makers. Throughout the training, there are dynamic, fun methods and strategies we have included for empowering young people to champion change in their communities.
The programme comes as a package of two resources. First, we have developed a Trainer Manual. This is divided into 5 modules, each covering specific topics which take participants on a journey of discovery to become powerful agents of change. It offers step-by-step guidance on how to run a series of training workshops with young people interested in speaking out against child marriage and developing their activism skills.
Co-created with young activists and member organisations from around the world, the training will help strengthen the role that young people can, and do, play in ending child marriage.
We want people around the world – of all ages – to use this training programme to help spread the power and call for a better future. Through being part of this training programme, we hope that youth people everywhere will feel empowered with stronger expertise and skills, to help them make a change in their world.
The “Stand Up, Speak Out” youth activism training programme is also available in Hindi.
In April 2021 we published a new edition of this manual, updated to strengthen youth leadership in addressing the different expressions of child marriage in Latin America and the Caribbean. This edition has a stronger focus on intersectionality and how to approach autonomy and sexualities. We also include sessions on emotional work.