This is the website for Networks for Change and Wellbeing: Girl-led ‘From the Ground Up’ Policy-making to Address Sexual Violence in Canada and South Africa. This website contains information about each of the project field sites in South Africa and Canada, the Working Groups that underpin the project, and a gallery exhibiting visual images borne from the project. You can find helpful resources relating to sexual violence and girlhood such as websites and toolkits, as well as resources for indigenous methodologies. You can also keep up to date with everything happening in the project through our newsletters.

Who We Are

Girl-led ‘from the ground up’ policy making to address sexual violence in Canada and South Africa is a six year, $2.4 million (CAD) research initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC) as part of their International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS) initiative. The project officially started on August 1, 2014.


Delisa Iliso“Feast your eyes on girls’ artwork” (isiZulu)

Welcome to  Delisa Iliso, an exhibition space that gives visibility to the artistic productions created at the various fieldsites of Networks for Change and Well being  in Canada and South Africa.


14 Times A Woman


Networks for Change and Wellbeing works across a number of sites in South Africa and Canada, involving co-investigators, collaborators, partner organizations and research students, as well as Working Group and Steering Committee members. The project is coordinated jointly by teams in Canada and South Africa at McGill University and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Principal Investigators

The Co-Principal Investigators of the partnership are Dr. Claudia Mitchell from the Faculty of Education at McGill University and Dr. Relebohile Moletsane from the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


The team builds on longstanding collaborations between and amongst researchers, community practitioners and policy-makers.

Contributing Partners

This partnership project is comprised of many university and community organizations across Canada and South Africa.


This brings together government and community-based girl-focused organizations, and post-secondary institutions in Canada and South Africa.

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