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Giving girls the knowledge, skills and confidence to take greater charge over their lives

Mobilising for Development (M4D) is strengthening the participation of adolescent girls in local governance in northern Nigeria.

M4D is funded by the UK government and implemented by Palladium.

In the states where M4D is working, girls are highly uneducated - 78% of 15-19 year olds are not in school. They typically have limited options on how to make a living, and very little decision-making power on issues impacting their own lives. M4D is improving the knowledge, confidence and skills of girls so they can take greater charge over their lives.

M4D is supporting Life Skills Clubs where girls receive mentoring to help them acquire a core set of life skills and competencies.

411 Life Skills Clubs for girls have been set up

10,275 girls have been reached

Members of the Life Skills Clubs elect girls from the clubs to serve as peer champions. Peer champions engage with government decision-makers and community leaders to represent the views and concerns of girls. In the past, peer champions engaged with local government officials through M4D supported Community Based Organisations. However, they are now confident enough to do this themselves.

400+ peer champions are now representing girls

Girl Platforms, which are supported by the programme, work to increase the participation of adolescent girls in local governance, with the understanding that before girls can have a voice in government, the challenges they face every day need to be addressed.

There are currently 9 Girl Platforms

Each platform has 45 to 46 peer champions

Twice a year, the Girl Platforms hold bi-annual ‘girl only’ town
hall meetings. At the town halls, the Girl Platforms:

1. Work with girls to identify priorities they want addressed
2. Provide feedback to girls on progress made in addressing
previously identified priorities
3. Teach life skills
4. Get girls to work with them in implementing their
action plans

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