In many of the countries where we serve, girls are at a disadvantage in terms of health, education, and economic opportunities. Peace Corps Volunteers all over the world have taken a special interest in this plight as we know that women's empowerment is one of the keys to development. GLOW stands for Girls Leading Our World and models itself after summer camps in the states, of which many of us volunteers have such fond memories. GLOW brings together PCVs and Host Country National (HCN) women to work for about a week, teaching girls how to make decisions that will keep them healthy, empowering them to become leaders in their communities, and building their self-esteem through activities that show them their self-worth. We become friends, sing songs, and envision a brighter future led by these young women.
In Uganda, GLOW was first held during the December 2010 school break and was immediately embraced by both PC and the girls who attended. GLOW clubs popped up at schools across the country and smaller, regional camps made appearances in the months between national camps to increase the number of girls who could experience camp.