Investing in girls and women
Korotimi leads a discussion with women in Barouéli.
Gender discrimination and poverty go hand in hand, so an important part of our work in Barouéli is supporting the involvement of girls and women in every aspect of development.
When it comes to education, we invest in getting all children in school, but we make an extra effort with girls, because they’re most likely to be kept out. We support remedial learning for adults who never got the chance to go to school, especially mothers, as they can best stop the cycle of poverty for children. And we invest in training for local women as community leaders and volunteers, to ensure that their voices are also heard.
Korotimi is one of these local women and since Plan International arrived she has taken on numerous community roles, including her membership in a Plan International-supported School Management Committee in charge of overseeing the local primary school. In the process, she has become a passionate advocate and role model for girls and women.
“My life has really changed thanks to Plan International’s activities,” says Korotimi with pride. “Now I speak in our community meetings and people listen. My opinion is taken into account.”
As part of her work on the School Management Committee, Korotimi has been at the forefront of encouraging families to send their children to school, including their girls. Along the way, she has met with mothers in need of education themselves and, thanks to PPlan International’s support, there is now a program for them at school.
Korotimi helps a student to a refreshing drink of clean water at school.
“Today, many girls go to school and there are 10 women who are participating in literacy courses,” says Korotimi. “All of this gives our children, the leaders of tomorrow, a better future.”
Indeed, these investments help put power in the hands of local people to lead their own development. No one is more determined.
“Our village was not very developed before Plan International came,” says Korotimi, who brims with energy for her work, “but now there is so much going on. We must seize the opportunities!”
Take a moment to meet Sitan, a young girl who’s benefitting from improvements to gender equality in Barouéli.
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