Girls and Women’s Empowerment
Girls and women’s health and development are major goals of the AHIP developmental projects. AHIP employs various strategies in its Young people especially girls and women developmental projects. AHIP focuses on young people, especially girls and women’s’ human rights, reduction of poverty, reducing the disparities in politics, education, and wealth creation. Ensuring young people and women have increased economic capacity and power to bargain in society, while improving social relations, power dynamics, gender equity, and increased engagement as advocates for SRHR, particularly for marginalized groups.
AHIP focuses more on young people especially girls as traditionally in the northern Nigeria, girls usually get married at an early age hence putting them at a disadvantage. Most of the girls in the projects are uneducated, unskilled, lacking the ability to make educative or informed decisions or make the right choices in life as a result of their low self-esteem. The different strategies are designed with embedded monitoring and evaluation plans, which encompasses pre and post-test, monthly monitoring process and well-structured evaluation. The evaluations provided both qualitative and quantitative assessments and analysis of the implementation processes and results in line with project objectives.
Girls Assets and Economic Capacity development
These findings following a research done in1994 which showed that there is a pressing need for developing girls and women’s economic generating capacity hence the establishment of a vocational skills training center for married, single girls and divorcees as well as disadvantaged boys.
The students of this Centre are trained in various skills and trades such as tailoring, knitting, soap making, tie and dye, basic interior decoration skills, and home management. Most of the vocational trades require little capital to set. Students at the centre are also equipped with entrepreneurial skills, basic literacy classes (read and write in English and Hausa and also basic Arithmetic), health, and hygiene classes. These classes cover a duration of 3-6 months before graduation and offer certificates after completion examinations. While this program may not take care of all adolescents’ financial problems, it is a step towards economic empowerment and it also provides a conducive atmosphere for AHIP to address reproductive health and other developmental issues.
All participants in the vocational center training must go through a livelihood training in basic health, reproductive health, leadership, communications, gender relations, HIV/AIDS, STIs, problems young people faces, values and decision making, negotiation skills, drug abuse, communication , leadership, goal setting , and career development, emergency care, parenting, puberty management, contraception, finding help, happiness at home, self-esteem and confidence building, and other related issues.