Adolescence can be a difficult time if you're a girl. Not only can the changes you face be confusing, overwhelming and embarrassing, but they often come wrapped in stigma, biases and stereotypes.
You can go from feeling invisible to feeling like society has already decided who you will be, on your behalf. If this isn't enough to put you off from exploring and speaking out about the issues that matter to you most, the lack of safe spaces where you feel supported to do so certainly will.
The restrictions and lockdowns throughout the COVID-19 pandemic are only shrinking these spaces further, as well as bringing a new set of challenges for girls' health, education and livelihoods.
But Bak Bak Gang, Girl Effect's first, girls-only Facebook community for girls in India, is working to change that.
A place for questions that don't have a home elsewhere
Shivangi, a college student in India, became a member of Bak Bak Gang in 2020. She found the group when she contracted COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic. Unable to connect with others, she began to feel isolated and afraid.