Her Choice

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I Inactive

Key Information

Her Choice is an alliance of four Netherlands-based organisations: Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland, The Hunger Project, International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI) and the University of Amsterdam. These organisations combine their efforts with 27 local partner organisations to combat child marriage in ten countries. The programme ran from January 2016 to December 2020 and was implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands: Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal and Uganda. The long-term goal (2016-2020) is to support the creation of child marriage-free communities in which girls and young women are free to decide if, when and whom to marry. The 6 intervention strategies are based on evidence, which shows that the most consistent results of targeting child marriages are achieved by fostering information, skills and networks for girls in combination with community mobilisation. Therefore, strategies focus on both areas: Increasing girls’ control in decision-making 1. Investing in girls, their knowledge, skills related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and participation in society: enhancing their comprehension of the negative effects of child marriage and of alternative options. 2. Keeping girls in school: improving access to formal education for girls by supporting girl-friendly schools and building knowledge through schooling in general, and on SRHR in particular. 3. Improving access to youth-friendly SRHR services for girls: improving health services and by actively referring girls to health workers. Mobilising relevant community actors 4. Strengthening the economic security of girls and their families: creating and supporting women’s self-help groups with training and access to (financial) resources. 5. Transforming social norms and traditional practices: mobilising and supporting communities, including boys, men, women, leaders to promote girls’ rights and gender equity, to achieve gender equity in education, decision making, and access to services. 6. Creating an enabling legal and policy environment on preventing child marriage: supporting traditional leaders and (local) authorities to enforce national policies on preventing child marriage.


Location(s)

South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Uganda

Government Affiliation

Unknown

Years

2016 - 2020

Partner(s)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. In Ethiopia: Civil Society Organizations (CSOs): Wabe Children Training; Love in Action Ethiopia; Development Expertise Center; Education for Sustainable Development; Organization for Development of Women and Children; and Africa Development Association. Government Institutions – Ministry of Women Children and Youth Affairs (MoWCYA); Ministry of Education (MoE), and Police and Legal authorities. Community based organisations (CBOs): Idir, Mahibers/Associations

Ministry Affiliation

N/A

Funder(s)

COVID-19 Response

Adapted

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas

Other skills

  • Financial literacy
  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education

Cross-cutting areas

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Early/child marriage
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school)

Age

9 - 18

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary

Other populations reached

  • Community leaders
  • Fathers
  • Mothers
  • Other caregivers
  • Other community members - female
  • Other community members - male
  • Other family members
  • Parent-teacher associations/school management committees
  • Religious leaders
  • School administrators
  • Sisters
  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Health and childcare services

  • Sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning)

Life skills education

  • Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE)
  • Gender, rights and power
  • Sexual and reproductive health (including puberty education)

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies
  • Developing/promoting new laws/policies

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe and welcoming schools

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased grade attainment

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Increased advocacy/civic engagement
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased knowledge of rights
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced child marriage

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

Yared Degefu
Forum on Sustainable Child Empowerment (FSCE)
Executive Director
yarded.degefu@gmail.com
+251923105873