It was the community, journey, strategy, and values that led us here. Welcome to the SAFIGI Tribe.
'It takes a village to raise a child.' This is no different for girls safety. It takes a community. With over 200 volunteers across the globe, SAFIGI is a collective expression of the hope for a world where girls are safe and have equal rights.
Our volunteer board has been evolving each year. Spearheading this initiative is Hadassah Louis; a creative, author, technologist, and inequalities practitioner. She is Founder and Chief Curator of SAFIGI. She likes to think of herself as a bit of a caretaker in a community garden. So many hands have put good into Safety First for Girls over the years and that is why it continues to thrive.
Our strategy is to be of service; a crowd-sourcing of good deeds. SAFIGIs package is called SERVPAC.
SE: Safety Education R: Research V: Volunteering P: Partnerships A: Advocacy C: Community
Furthermore, we have a 5 year strategy as outlined below:
Our space is sacred. We see it as a place of healing, pushing boundaries, testing our elasticity and still having a soft place to land. All our members must comply to these values. As it is, the world is not safe especially for girls and women. While we deal with deep-seated inequality, trauma, learning self-love, and unlearning harmful beliefs, we prioritize joy, imagination, and deep listening in order to create new equitable futures. Openness is necessary for growth, intersectionality and inclusiveness; and our core cause is the health of every girl who experiences the work we do at Safety First for Girls (SAFIGI).
We live in a difficult world. Joy is defiance to adversity and that is radical for the world we live in.
We can only build towards a world we envision. Imagination helps us build tools to rewrite our futures.
We are responsive and not reactive. Deep listening allows us the nuance to receive abundance, and likewise, to reject what is false or harmful.
Each individual has an important role to play. Our openness is rooted in actions that speak louder than words. Each one has something to give.
No bandaids. No plasters. No judgments. Sometimes it has to hurt before it heals. We will hold each other. Even if one stumbles, there will be another to stand.