Every day, Habtam Asfaw walks to the Meskerem School in Bahar Dar, Ethiopia, where she attends grade 6. It wouldn’t be a long walk, if she didn’t have to deal with boys and men harassing and frightening her along the busy road. Every single day, all over the world, girls like Habtam face physical, psychological, and sexual harassment and violence on their way to and from school and while in school.
Since Habtam attended a life skills training at school, she has more confidence and feels better prepared to respond to harassment. The monthly training offers a space where girls can share their experiences and fears with female teachers who advise them on issues like menstruation, family planning, gender-based violence and conflict resolution.