Over 100million Nigerians live below the poverty line. And 70% of that figure are women and girls. In Nigeria, 43% of girls are married off before their 18th birthday. Statistics also reveal that 1 out of every 3 women/girls has experienced domestic violence. Again, World Health Organisation statistics show that 6,000 girls and young women are subjected everyday to excision, circumcision, infibulations or even introcision. Against these critical indices, there is a high level of impunity deeply rooted in the ineffective implementation of existing laws that should punish the perpetration of such crimes and violations against girls and women. However, the laws are even non-existent in some parts of the country. In Nigeria, only 24 states have passed the child rights act and even in these 24 states, implementation is non-existent. Women and girls remain marginalized in major sectors of society, particularly critical sectors that drive the economy such as entrepreneurship and leadership. This borders on the foundational knowledge girls have of their rights and their capacity to lend their voices to issues concerning them.
goal of the Project was to provide digital literacy training for girls, build
girls creative skills using digital technology, media and the arts and provide
a platform for girls to advocate their issues through their creative skills.
The target group of the project was unique in its focus on girls who are often
a missing population in development conversations and interventions. The
Project, 'Exploring Technology, Media And Arts As Tools To Promote Girl
Advocacy' inspired our approach
to position girls to target a wide audience with advocacy for girls' issues and
equip the girls to use digital technology, film, photography, creative writing
and arts to make girls voices count. The girls were trained to advocate for
their issues under 3 thematic themes: Gender-Based Violence, Child Early and
Forced Marriage and Girls' Education. And facilitate their civic engagement via
a film screening and exhibition. And also promote their civic engagement on
social media using the #Tech Girls
Advocacy Program #TGAP Campaign to mobilize community action towards girls'
The objectives of the project were to:
The project trained 50 school girls from the Government Secondary School, Dutse-Abuja. And the girls were facilitated to develop various technology outputs and resources to lead their advocacy including a website that was developed by the coders, colourful illustrations developed by the digital art/illustration students, short stories and poems written by the creative writers, and pictures and videos produced by the photography and filmmaking students. The remarkable technology outputs and resources from the girls confirmed the huge potential girls possess to lead their own advocacy when equipped with the digital skills and knowledge of their rights. Check out the pictures and videos from the project!