The Children’s Resource Centre (CRC) was established in 1983 to mobilize girl and boy children, between the ages of 7 and 14, to overcome the barriers of segregation, discrimination and prejudice enforced by the apartheid regime. The need for CRC was first realized in the early 1980s when several civic and youth organizations made attempts to establish children’s groups in their communities through which children can help build and sustain a better world for children.
The Girl Child Movement operates under the auspices of the Children’s Resource Centre as it developed out of the Girl Campaign and later mobilized and empowered girl children into a National Girl Child Movement with an active elected National Executive of girls between the ages of 12-16 years of age. The National Executive forms the leadership of the Girl Child Movement as the decision making body and plans the activities, programs and campaigns of the Movement. The Girl Child Movement (GCM) is currently in the process of registering as Non-Profit Organization obtaining independent status and a constituted Governance structure (Board or Trustees) which will consist of young women who stem from the ranks of GCM leadership as girl child members.
The aim of this WVLSA project is to provide girls with a Feminine Menstrual Hygiene Management Project consisting of menstrual and personal hygiene products through an organised social mobilization of girls and young women to ensure that all girls in South Africa , especially in the low and middle income communities has access to safe and hygienic sanitary products to reclaim the dignity that poverty denies them and to make a lasting and positive impact in the communities they live and on society as a whole. In this way we can break the vicious cycle of inter generational poverty.