My Advocacy Project Experience- Gbadamosi Ibukunoluwa
I was inspired to work on issues affecting girls in my community because girls have been undergoing many problems, like; Female Genital Mutilation, early marriage, teenage pregnancies, sexual harassment, and dropping out of school. I then applied to the GVI program because I knew that girls have rights and I wanted to learn how to ensure other girls know this too, as well as how to fight for these rights.
I was accepted and felt happy that I will be bringing change to my community and ensuring girls learn their rights. I attended the training and learned that a girl was not put on this earth to be invisible and not given life only to belong to someone else. I learned that girls can also be confident about their future and focus just as boys can. I also learned that I can speak up for girls’ rights. It changed me and allowed me to know that I have a voice and I can also educate my parents and the community on the rights of the girl and speak to my leaders on any type of issues affecting girls in my communication. My advocacy project was on sexual harassment in the Mende community. My hope for girls in the Mende Araromi community in Lagos in the future is for them to no longer be scared and use their voices to stop sexual harassment and early pregnancy. I know I will be successful in helping girls in my community and I look forward to seeing changes in their lives and the lives of other girls.