Through their Women Empowerment for Equitable Development project, they are raising awareness around education, reproductive health and poverty alleviation for young women and girls.
The women’s empowerment project was inspired by a community mapping exercise used to investigate why young girls were skipping school in the Ungwan Kudu community.
In many of these communities, farming is the major source of income. High levels of poverty were only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This led to increased hardship among many young women, and a spike in menstrual poverty, causing many girls to skip school when they had their periods.
LEGASI is currently running the women empowerment project in the state of Kaduna. The programme educates women and girls on menstrual hygiene management, and promotes healthy and safe menstrual periods.
LEGASI conducted visits in the community to engage local leaders and raise awareness. They selected 20 (young girls and women) participants to be trained to promote the values of the project.
In areas affected by conflict and poverty, women and young girls often bear the brunt of the suffering.
LEGASI supports women with practical ways to get out of poverty, create their own income, and contribute to peace in their communities. Through their projects to empower women, they have seen a drastic reduction in the number of gender-based violence cases and supported women to claim their independence once more.
Photos by LEGASI.