Welcome to Girl Child Network Zimbabwe

GCN is a community based, activist, developmental organisation that seeks to promote the rights and empowerment of the girl child in the home, school and community. It is registered under the Private Voluntary Organization Act (9/2004) and therefore enjoys legal status as an official non-governmental organisation in Zimbabwe.


GCN’s mission is to:

  • Re-socialise girls (0-18 years old) so that they articulate their individual and collective rights and strategically position themselves to take charge of their own empowerment.
  • mobilise communities to eradicate patriarchal structures that dominate the home, school, and community so as to support the development of an enabling environment and to promote and protect the rights of the girl child
  • Ensure girls at risk and most vulnerable to abuse are rescued and empowered to speak out and, through provision of safe shelter and strong referral to legal and medical aid, stand up to defend their rights.
  • Support and promotes girls to be in school and advocates for a violence free school environment so that girls get maximum benefits from education.

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Recent Events

Girls Contest

12 November 2012

International Girl day

12 December 2012

Girl child celebration

28 February 2013


Betty Hazviperi Makoni founded GCN in 1999 with a specific mandate to be a voice for voiceless, school-aged girls between the ages of 0–18 years. It sets out not only to advocate on their behalf, but also to empower the girls to speak out for themselves when their rights were being threatened. Girl Child Network emerged out of a personal experience of rape by Betty Makoni who then founded the organization on the premise of protecting girls from what she went through.


To protect and promote the rights of the girl child and to support the economic, political, social and cultural empowerment of the girl child in order for her to assert those rights in the home, school and community


GCN envisions a society where girls are empowered and enjoy their rights with support from whole communities so as to walk in the fullness of their potential in line with the Millennium Development Goals.