Are you a health-empowered woman?
Would you like to be?
Become a part of Girls Night Out (GNO)!
GNO is a home-grown, community-based intervention and empowerment program geared towards Black college-aged women between the ages 18-24 years old.
At each of five (5) monthly gatherings, participating women will relax into open discussions on a wealth of topics impacting the health and lives of women of color, including:
Empowerment and self-efficacy
Self-identity (race/ethnicity, sexual, age, and lifestyle etc.)
Sexual Behavioral Health
Behavioral and Mental Health
Power Balances in Relationships
Following the initial meetings, participants will be invited to participate in a full conference-style event. The Conference will draw inspiration from the information exchanged at the meetings and allow participants to leave educated and empowered; most important, confident in their ability to make healthy decisions about their sexual health, mental health, and when navigating other complex issues.
“Self-efficacy - an individual's belief in their capacity to act in the ways necessary to reach specific goals.”
2023/2024 MEETING DATES
Friday, October, 20, 2023
Friday, November 10, 2023
Friday, January 19, 2024
Friday, February 9, 2024
Friday, March 8, 2023
RELATED FACTS OF INTEREST
In Alabama, Blacks constitute 26.5% of the population, yet comprise of 71.8% of the new cases of HIV cases in Alabama, with Montgomery County being the lead (ADPH, 2019).
Although Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) lead in rates of HIV diagnosis, it is imperative to also focus on the Black woman due to a large amount of BMSM that are HIV positive not identifying as BMSM, but as heterosexual (ADPH, 2019).
Research supports interventions that are proposed for the population of Black college-age women must be tailored to address the numerous experiences of these women such as racism, miseducation, self-hatred, lack of self-identity, power imbalance in relationships due to the ratio of Black men to Black female, and the Strong Black Women Paradox.
More details about Girls Night Out!
PROGRAM FOCUS & OBJECTIVES:
GNO focuses on nurturing women to be confident in their ability to understand economic and social issues, and solve problems by social cooperation. Problem solving will be taught and reinforced through the use of multiple visual and audible media formats, including film, print, social media, and through interaction with more mature Black women. These women leaders serve as a women’s council for GNO participants. They will play active roles in the monthly sessions.
Data will be gathered from each session to inform ongoing and future efforts to further empower and educate our young Black women.
CAARAC’s Girls Night Out is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Alabama Department of Public Health, Integrated Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Surveillance and Prevention Programs for Health Departments, PS 18 1802, 6 NU62PS924533-05-02, 01/01/2023-05/31/2024.