SAFIGI Foundation is a dynamic body of volunteers and members who are passionate about improving safety for girls through safety education. We strive to create a world where girls are empowered, equipped and fulfilled in every aspect of their life, for the benefit of global development.
We tap into the power of working open, putting young women in leadership positions, and strategic collaboration to pursue research, create safety courses, and execute social campaigns in order to improve safety for girls.
We connect via the internet to volunteer and build a community of people who are passionate about improving the safety conditions of girls.
9.6 of 10 people believe Safety Education is relevant in today’s society. 85% of people believe Safety Education is necessary for safer communities and 77% are confident it is vital in maintaining a healthier community, while 90% of people believe it is necessary for personal development. There is a clear need for Safety Education but very little attention is being paid to it.
Safety Education is the practice of internal and external safety. Internal safety is peace of mind, heart, and emotions. External safety is the protection of the body, other person, and environment.
Therefore, In 2017 December, SAFIGI Foundation undertook a detailed research and data analysis on core issues affecting safety of girls in the developing world. In this study of at least 300 people in 4 countries, we found out;
- Only 12% Females had learned about mental health compared to 21% males.
- Only 21% Females had attended some form of physical and/or emotion self-defense training compared to 37% Males.
- 3 in 10 people do not know where to safely report physical and emotional abuse.
- 6.5 in 10 people have experience emotional abuse.
- 1 in 3 people have suffered institutional abuse.
- 3 in 7 people suffer physical violence.
- 1 in 5 people are victims of gender based abuse.
- 1 in 6 people face discrimination.
See more of our findings on our resource page.
WHAT WE’RE DOING ABOUT IT
SAFIGI Foundation has identified the lack of awareness and resources available to tackle the scope of safety issues affecting girls. Through the power of volunteerism, we are working to bridge that gap in order to advance safety for girls.
- SAFETY EDUCATION
Through workshops, online trainings, and content, we educate girls between the ages of 14 and 25 on practicing internal and external safety. Internal Safety is attaining peace of mind, heart, and emotions. External Safety is the Protection of the body, other person, and environment.
We are a volunteer-based and youth led foundation. We are funded by in-kind contributions and thrive on passion for a safer world. So far, we have worked with over 200 volunteers in more than 60 countries. We maintain a 4.9 out of 5 rating on UN Online Volunteers based on responses of over 100 volunteers alone. Apply to Volunteer.
Annually, since 2014, we host a social campaign toward empowering, educating, and creating opportunities for women and girls. The activism is done at a grassroots level and involves girls in creating hands-on projects toward promoting safety, peace, and equality.
‘SAFIGITribe’ is an online community of women and girls who support each other and promote inclusive safety. ‘Friends of SAFIGI’ is the community for men and boys who support a safer world and equality of the genders. Members of SAFIGI tribe who live within the same community meet offline for safety activities, and being a member offers opportunities such as mentorship, having a listening ear, and being available to listen to another person who may otherwise have no one to speak to. It is about putting to practice internal (mind, heart, emotions) and external (body, other person, environment) safety.
Being youth led and volunteer based, SAFIGI relies on partnerships and sponsorship to host our workshop and distribute our material which is always available for free. There are many ways we collaborate with different groups including offering our services, CSR, workshops and events, among more.
SAFIGIsresearch focuses on ‘Core Issues Affecting Safety of Girls’. In 2017, we published a research paper and a data analysis on this concept because we believe core safety concepts are the same regardless of the region or culture. Vices affecting safety for girls may vary, however, the root cause is mostly the same across the board and through our research we examine the extent of this ideology which we have so far proven to be true and related to internal and external safety.
WHO ARE WE?We are a diverse team of youth and women leaders from the global south working toward improving the safety conditions of girls through safety education, advocacy and research. SAFIGI Foundation begun as a blog in 2012 run by Hadassah Louis and was registered as a Foundation in Zambia, July 2014. We have an ever-growing group of committed volunteers who contribute toward girl safety. The current leadership team includes female youth from Zambia, Bangladesh, Brazil and Malaysia. Learn more about the team.
WE NEED YOU <3
- Collaboration in different areas such as hosting workshops, co-working space, mentorship, building an online coursework, hosting our online community or promoting our campaigns.
- Endorsement from key industry stakeholders for our research, workshops, and e-books ‘Sharing Not Shaming’ and ‘Everyday A Girl’ to be distributed in girl’s school as part of our empower, equip and fulfill project.
- Advice on new ways to improve on our methods of operation and be more impactful to our SAFIGI Foundation.
- Information on opportunities, grants, programs and conferences that can beneficial in expanding our work.
- Volunteer to be part of the team working in distributed leadership toward improving safety for girls.
- Be A Member by signing up to be connected to our activities.
- Donate in kind or in monetary form. This helps us to work faster and improve our formulae for spreading and improving safety education.
SAFIGI Foundation is keen on collaborating with stakeholders, civil society, and people at a grassroots level in order to effectively create sustainable impact toward safety for the girls.
We are registered in Zambia and the internet is our platform for many of our outreach activities and planning. To be a part of us, please refer to the contact form on the right and we will get back to you as soon as possible.