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Jessica Lu starts Villanova U. Chapter

1285783409258It was just an article she read online; but when Jessica Lu, ’11, a Communication student, first discovered the Girl Child Network, she knew she had to get involved. Part of a series entitled “CNN Heroes,” the article profiled Girl Child Network founder Betty Makoni.

Today, Girl Child Network Zimbabwe, along with the Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW), and other chapters provide support, treatment and education to abuse victims. And now there’s a Villanova chapter thanks to Lu and the faculty support she received at the University. On Oct. 1, 2009, Girl Child Network Worldwide: Villanova — or GCNova for short — became the first United States university organization to officially affiliate with GCNW.

Inspired by the heroic story of Betty Makoni, GCNova is a collaborative student organization formed through the Center for Peace and Justice Education to support the proper treatment of women in our schools, communities, nations, and the world.

To get involved :


SIerra Canyon School


The role of men and boys to support empowerment of girls in Africa is often under reported on. Alec Eginli worked with his high school to school organize a Human Rights day. The students planned  the day and chose to feature Girl Child Network Zimbabwe.

Betty Makoni visited  Sierra Canyon school in Los Angeles where Alec created a  club to link and connect with girls in Zimbabwe. Betty Makoni spoke at the school and meet new members of girls club. The idea of bringing boys and girls together to build a global network for empowerment of girls in Africa is most important to Betty Makoni

Sierra Canyon School is located in Chatsworth, California.  To get involved or meet a local representative in California email Alec: