Overwhelmingly, it was clear that health and wellness issues can be an insurmountable barrier for girls in communities around the world, if not addressed. Health-related challenges, such as lack of access to sexual and reproductive health care, can hold girls back in many ways, including their ability to attend and stay in school. Just one example of this is missed school for menstrual hygiene. When a girl misses school because of her period, cumulatively that puts her behind her male classmates by 145 days. Global G.L.O.W. has developed plans to work alongside girls to guide them to overcome health barriers that they face.
The primary goal of the Healthy GLOW initiative is to ensure girls stay in school, and complete primary and secondary school.
To help girls overcome health barriers that they face, we have identified girls’ health and well-being as a priority outcome. We will focus our attention and resources on evidence-based programs that help girls acquire positive functioning in their physical, mental and social well-being (similar to the World Health Organization’s definition of health). Partnerships will be developed around the following focal points:
Physical well-being: indicated by measures of physical health or hygiene practices
Mental well-being: indicated by measures of emotional agility or resilience
Social well-being: indicated by measures of social awareness or healthy relationship skills