Entries by Dulcineia

Tough, smart and vulnerable

This blog is written by Odilia van Manen, Her Choice’s programme manager The name Cotonou appeals to my imagination. It is ‘the mouth of the river of death’, and de facto the capital of Benin, formerly the kingdom of Dahomey. However, upon arriving at the airport with its usual chaos – from searching for the […]

Hiking to break the stigma around menstruation

Hiking to make lives of girl child better, because every girl should be in school and not in marriage. Last weekend Raising Teenagers-Uganda organized a very successful hiking event to make everyone aware of the fact that every child has a right to enjoy their childhood, and also to break the stigma around menstruation. Hope […]

‘Boys also need to step up’

‘It’s the boys who also need to step up and act. The boy needs to say: ‘Father, please don’t do this to me. My education is at stake, I want to study.’  We’re listening to Akash, a Nepalese teenager from the village of Lagdaha in the Terai region, on the borders of Nepal and India. […]

Inspiring meeting in Benin

Around 50 representatives from 19 partner organisations of the Her Choice family from Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin are meeting this week at the Her Choice Regional Linking & Learning in Benin with Dutch Alliance members from Kinderpostzegels, The Hunger Project and the University of Amsterdam. During the meeting, there will be extra attention […]

Day 4: a great closing of the Her Choice Regional Meeting in Nepal

Our Her Choice Regional Meeting in Nepal has come to an end with a presentation from CWIN Nepal illustrating with their ‘Tree of Change’ how they transform social norms and traditional practices to prevent child marriage. All partners had the opportunity to work with the visualation tools developed by the University of Amsterdam to assess […]

Day 3: ICDI provides a workshop about preventing and responding to child abuse

“Sweeping child abuse under the carpet is unacceptable. It is dangerous for children, but also dangerous for organisations like ours”. This was one of the conclusions of Badiul Alam Majumdar, Country Director of The Hunger Project, Bangladesh following the workshop about preventing and responding to child abuse in NGOs, which ICDI facilitated today. Badiul continues, […]

Celebrating Girl´s Voices: Our most important findings

´Child marriage is going down in Her Choice treatment sites. We see a reduction of 17 year-old girls who are married, in nearly all countries´ This is one of the most important findings from the midterm evaluation. On the first of April, the Her Choice Alliance celebrated girl´s voices and evaluated the midterm findings during […]

HER CHOICE partner Bedari plays an important role on new child marriage restraint act in Pakistan

In the last newsletter of Girls Not Brides International there was an article on a new child marriage restraint act in Pakistan, to be passed in the parliament. Her Choice’s Pakistani partner Bedari has been instrumental in these positive developments. With the support of Dutch knowledge organization International Child Development Initiatives Bedari staff have undertaken targeted lobby […]