Girl Child and Gender Equality

According to the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, “Girls, particularly adolescent girls face significant barriers to a quality education in many contexts”. These set of children are at risks of sexual harassment and exploitation while away from school. The Young Shapers team sensitized parents’ and guardians about ensuring child friendly environment in accordance with the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) guidelines to ensure none of her beneficiaries are sexually exploited. An avenue to report any case of sexual harassment and exploitation was created.

Many people believe the girl child is solely responsible for household responsibilities and chores which has negative effect on the well-being of the girl child. In a situation when a household decides who gets education, many times, boys are chosen over girls. The girl child education is under threat hence, the Young Shapers mandated a higher percentage of girl child enrollment when awarding her annual educational scholarships. To tackle the challenges created by the current pandemic, we have re strategized our framework to not only ensure gender equality are prioritized in all our activities, but ensure girls, and the most vulnerable, are protected during school closure

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