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Her Choice

Project Location: KeshabpurUpazila of Jashore District
Project Period: March 2016- December 2020
Financed by: International Child Development Initiatives, Netherlands
Total Amount: 3,98,000 Euro

Direct Beneficiaries: 3,202

Reducing the rate of child marriage by empowering girl child in deciding about their marriage, Dalit has been implementing a project titled “Her Choice” since March 2016. The objectives are: enabling girls in authorizing their marriage decision through mass awareness; advocating actors of educational institutes for promoting girl-friendly environment; ensuring girls in availing better SRHR practice; enhancing the livelihood competence of girls and young women; creating a social atmosphere that recognizes and respect girl’s right and is aware of gender issues; and building a legal environment that is non tolerant to child marriage. The project is implementing into 18 villages under Keshabpur upazila in Jashore district.

 

Project objectives:

  •  Invest in girls, their knowledge, skills and participation in society;
  •  Improve access to formal education for girls;
  •  Improve access to youth-friendly SRHR-services for girls;
  •  Improve the economic security of girls and their families;
  •  Mobilize communities to transform social norms that are detrimental to achieving gender equity;
  •  Create an enabling legal and policy environment on preventing child marriage;

Activities:

  1. Monthly awareness sessions at Girls Clubs
  2. Monthly awareness sessions at Boys Clubs
  3. Training course on leadership among young girls
  4. Follow-up training course on leadership among young girls
  5. Orientation on demerits of early marriage to adolescent girls through the facilitation of married couple, who suffered by early marriage
  6. Organize Football/Karate Tournament (Girls)
  7. Cultural Events and Magazine at Adolescent Girls Club
  8. Sports for young women
  9. Organize parental skills training
  10. Organize yearly orientation session with parents for improvement of girls education at union level
  11. Orientation for school/madrasa teachers and SMC members on reducing drop-out of adolescent girls
  12. Meeting with School Management Committee (SMC) members and senior teachers of high schools
  13. Orientation for school teachers on preventing child marriage, abuse and women rights
  14. Extended educational support through coaching base special provisioning and material support
  15. Meeting with local young boys and community leaders on eve teasing
  16. Study Session for young women victim of early marriage
  17. Orientation on MHM (menstrual hygiene management) among the selected girls from the adolescent girls club
  18. Sharing meeting on SRHR and psychological aspects with the satellite clinic worker and government health workers through youth and  girl friendly approach
  19. Coordination meeting with government health institute and maternity unit of Dalit Hospital to develop a referral system at Upazila level
  20. Orientation session on SRHR among teachers of high schools
  21. Quiz Competition in School
  22. Health awareness camp on SRHR & College
  23. Organize training on different Income Generating Act ivies
  24. Meeting to build/develop network between different entrepreneurs, NGOs and other organization to create job opportunity for eligible members of disadvantaged families
  25. Vocational training on computer literacy for adolescent girls
  26. Organize training on Entrepreneurship for women
  27. Organize Education Fair
  28. Organize meeting with UP representatives, local leaders, service bearer and religious leaders on child marriage and drop out
  29. Orientation on gender issues raising awareness of boys and men to make them understanding women’s role in the family and in the society, increase women’s decision making and reduce gender discrimination
  30. Organize workshop with local authorities, local and religious leaders on gender issues
  31. Community mobilization on behavioral change through theater show/pot song/rally/miking
  32. Organize art competition
  33. Organize debate competition on child rights issues
  34. Networking meeting with NGO representative
  35. Celebrate International Day of the Girl Child
  36. Organize coordination meeting with legal aid providing agencies at Upazila level
  37. Organize press conference at sub-district level on the status of Child Marriage of the working area at Upazila level
  38. Organize advocacy workshop at District level