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Theme: Justice for Girls

The International Day of the Girl child highlights the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. The UN theme for 2017 IDGC is #Justiceforgirls

What does justice for girls mean from our own perspective? Justice for girls is about recognizing the limitless individual and collective potentials of the 1.1 billion girls in the world while bringing to public awareness the inequities and disparities that exist in schools, homes and communities. It is also about eliminating the discrimination, constraints, harmful practices and violence that affect girls globally. Most importantly, it is about protection and how targeted programs and investments in girls can transform challenges into opportunities.

The Four Pillars PLUS Project funded by GE Foundation and implemented by FHI 360 is an integrated adolescent development project that recognizes how deeply entrenched gender discrimination and societal norms put adolescent girls at risk of violence and compromise their future. We understand that gender inequities impacts girls safe and healthy transition into adulthood.  Our interventions therefore focus on factors that contribute to a safe and enabling environment for adolescents to protect their health, assert their agency and attain greater heights in life.

The Four Pillars PLUS Project interventions explore how gender norms influence all stakeholders’ involved in adolescents’ lives. Training teachers on creating a safe school environment positively impacts the learning process and provides an equitable and gender sensitive classroom space for girls to excel. Through the mentoring program, adolescent girls and boys are empowered to speak up against all forms of abuse, promote respect and support among their peers and recognize and build their assets and potentials.  Trained teachers and inspirational mentors transform adolescents’ view on their own capabilities and opens equal opportunities for leadership. Selection of student leaders in the school is no longer limited to boys and determining who can be a senior prefect and who should be the assistant is based on qualification and not gender.

At the community level, dialogue sessions and community sensitization campaigns motivate parents and influencers to create the shift needed to transform negative gender norms into supportive and equitable treatment for girls and boys.

Justice for Girls is achieved through building supportive environments that acknowledge injustices and actively transforms it into healthy and enriching spaces. The Four Pillars PLUS project is doing so through its integrated approach.

On this IDGC, we commit to doing more in ensuring justice for girls and we charge you to do same!

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