Girls’ Empowerment Program and Network(GEPaN) is a Non- Governmental Organization established in 2008 and registered in 2013 promoting girls’ rights especially among the marginalized Pastoralists in Tanzania. It is an early intervention towards women’s problems. Girls’ Empowerment Program and Network is situated in Arusha Region in Northern Tanzania.
The Organization strives for the protection and empowerment of the vulnerable girls especially from the marginalized communities through the provision of basic needs, quality education, training, economic /development support and research.
Girls' Empowerment Program and Network values lead to ensure elimination of all forms of discrimination based on gender, Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPs), social economic status and geographical location.
It has placed the development of girls at the centre of its programs. Expanding access to education, protection and retention in schools for the girls is an effective way of empowering them, improving gender balance and equity in the society. Equity recognizes the values of fairness,peace and social justice in the way education opportunities and resources are allocated and shared.
Girls' Empowerment Program and Network aims at responding to increased needs and numerous problems facing girls. Education of girls and the advancement of women have tragically been ignored in Northern Tanzania. Many girls especially from the marginalized communities continue to face discrimination in education. By empowering women and girls towards acquisition of their rights to fight against poverty, HIV/AIDS and Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPs) will enable them participate fully in development activities to meet the millennium development goals.

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