In the 5 minutes it takes you to read this post, 152 girls under the age of 18 will get married—whether they want to or not. 12.5 of those girls are getting married because of the stresses COVID-19 has put on their lives, families, and communities. That’s hurting the girls and their life chances. It’s also hurting their communities, their nations, and generations to come.

Our Girls Parliament advances girls’ leadership by facilitating community dialoguesthrough which girls & women advocate with key stakeholders like police, clan & church leaders, child protection units to end child marriage at the community. This will create a platform that promotes critical reflection and allows for questioning of beliefs, myths, and practices in order to realize a change in social norms, accelerating the reduction of child marriage & gender-based violence.

SCOEN is committed to learn from and support diverse women and girls to challenge injustice, and strive for a world that is equal for all genders. Child and early forced marriage undermine the effectiveness of those efforts including health, education, and overall equality for girls in their families, communities, and world at large. With the support of the individual donors GlobalGiving and The Beyond Our Borders.

About Girls Parliament

SCOEN proposes to advance girls’ leadership by facilitating GIRLS’ PARLIAMENTS through which girls & women advocate with key stakeholders like police, clan & church leaders, child protection units to end child marriage at the community. This will create a platform that promotes critical reflection and allows for questioning of beliefs, myths, and practices in order to realize a change in social norms, accelerating the reduction of child marriage & gender-based violence.

Challenge

Child marriage is a major impediment to girls’ and women’s human rights and to overall development. In Uganda today, a staggering over 37% women were married as children, and 10% married before their 15th birthday. The tradition of dowries contributes to the prevalence of child marriage in girls often serve as payment for debt between one family and another. Such customs deprive girls and women of their rights and undermine efforts to improve girls & women status.

Solution

THE GIRLS’ PARLIAMENT endeavors to strengthen the voice, choice of girls & women, and their status in the community. Provides adolescent girls and young women with training to lead, set up girls’ parliaments, to enable them to become change agents to contribute to raising community awareness about their rights, child marriage, and gender violence as tools they need to participate in community decisionmaking and to take charge of their own futures.

Long-Term Impact

The project will motivate sustained behavior change towards girls with special reference to addressing child marriage – train 320 girls to lead Girls’ Parliaments as change agents to contribute to raising awareness on their rights; increase information dissemination on SRHR & Child Marriage among 8500 girls, 164 policy implementers, 2552 parents/leaders able to protect-support their daughters as rights advocates, take action alongside other community members to end child marriage.

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