We focus on working with adolescents and youth giving them access to credible reproductive health information and services that keeps them safe and enables them complete their education and pursue their dreams. With the right policies and investment, nations can tap from the huge resources this vibrant population provides, and that start by giving them choice to what happens to their bodies for them to stay healthy. The challenges many young people face reminds us of how access to information and sexual and reproductive health services is essential for young people in Nigeria. According to Marie Stopes International Global Impact Report 2017, 70 per cent of 15-19 year olds in Sub-Saharan Africa live in rural communities. Many of them are already married with at least one child. Empowering young women to choose when or whether they have children, gives them the chance to fulfill their potential. This reflects the reality of many young girls who become mothers while they are still children themselves. This includes young girls who have suffered sexual violence, dropped out of school because of unwanted pregnancies – which helps fuel the cycle of poverty, contracted sexually transmitted infections, unsafe abortions, and a lifetime of complications from pregnancy at a young age.
We must act now, to ensure adolescents and young people who form over 60 percent of Nigeria’s population have access to comprehensive information that enables them make responsible choices, and guarantees their access to health services and modern contraceptive methods with value-free judgment.
Girl Child Education
We are passionate about girl child education. Indeed, “education is the best form of contraception”. When young girls are allowed to complete the minimum of their secondary school education, this helps in delaying child marriage, ensures girls remain in school and keeps them more enlightened about their bodies. Kano state remains among the 11 states yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act 2003. In October 2018, we joined the Kano State Child Protection Coalition to advocate for the passage of the Kano State Child Protection Bill 2018. We also support the Amend Universal Basic Education Act which is an advocacy effort that will give children in Nigeria 12 years of compulsory free education. We also work with girls in under served rural communities building their capacity and monitoring their progress to ensure that they complete school.