Adolescent Girl Group meeting.
Leadership development among adolescent girls is part of our Saloni Model aiming at holistic empowerment of them in slums of Lucknow. Formation of Adolescent Girls Groups (AGGs), building their skills & abilities, engaging them in participatory planning & behavioural change communication, facilitating their access to public service provisions are part of our process to build leadership among them.
During this quarter, 53 adolescent girls received 3 days training on Citizen Voice & Actions (CVA), focused on their rights & entitlements, community development issues such as water sanitation, hygiene, public service provision and coordination with government service providers and collective actions. After this training adolescent girls have grouped them in a team to address the issues such as education, reproductive health, security, early marriage, hygiene and other issues affecting them. They are identifying children out of schools and facilitating them for enrolment and regular attendance in schools. It is encouraging to note that adolescent girls themselves are playing a lead role in ending child marriages in their own ways. The story given here provides insight in this.
“Akhbar Nagar large slum has strong Adolescent Girl Groups developed under the project. Nisha, 16 year old, is member of this group. She was upset with the discussions going on in her family about her marriage. She wanted to continue and complete her education. She came up with an idea and requested her group members for conducting next meeting at her home. She thought it might influence her parents. Group conducted its meeting twice at her place. In first meeting, they discussed and planned on community issues such as sanitation, hygiene etc. Nisha’s parents were also watching and listening the proceedings of the group meeting. It impressed them. In the second meeting, the group brought the agenda of child marriage and started a discussion on the risks, disadvantages, legalities related to child marriage. Nisha’s parents and family members were also listening to the discussion going on. It motivated them to postpone the marriage and wait for the right time when their daughter completes her education. Nisha is a happy girl today and is studying in class 12th. She always thanks her group and the project for this change in her as well her family member’s lives.”
There are various examples which reflect on the change adolescent girls are witnessing due to this project. Re-enrolment of adolescent girls in schools, postponing of marriages, influencing the decision at family and community levels, accessing government services, communication of their issues are the areas of change emerging in slums covered under this project.
The project, despite, severe fund challenges is making its way to reach out the communities to bring the change. Your donation will make it easy to bring the change among adolescent girls.