Protection of the girl child and young females

Girls' Power Initiative (GPI) > Protection of the girl child and young females

Evidence suggests that gender and age norms play a crucial role in children’s trafficking.  Trafficking is reportedly more common amongst women and girls/young females in Nigeria than men and boys.  This may be attributed to the economic marginalisation of females that reduces employment opportunities and pushes them into exploitative forms of work, and general patterns of oppression which make it hard to resist abuse. The trafficking of girls and young females may also be linked to the common practice of using child domestic work as part of their ‘training’ to become good wives and mothers. GPI will deepen its fringe work in child protection over the years by elevating the issue to the front burner in its programming at all levels including the family, community, LGA, state and national. This component of GPI programme and services will focus on the following elements:

–      Prevention of physical and sexual violence against girls and young females

–      Prevention of all forms of Abuse of the girl child and young females

–      Campaign against trafficking of girls and young females targeting suppliers and parents and the girls and young females

–      Provision of trauma counseling and rehabilitation and re-integration of trafficked girls and young females

–      Campaign against harmful practices against girls and young females such as son preferences in families

–      Promoting the education of girls and young females

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