Entries by Dulcineia

Tackling child marriage with theatre in Benin

Theater performances prove to be an enormously powerful way to increase knowledge about a sensitive subject such as child marriages. In Benin, Her Choice alliance member The Hunger Project (THP) worked with the professional theater group Baobab to make the community aware of issues such as early pregnancies and child marriages. The professional theater group […]

Fighting child marriage through youth-led research

Young people and adults in Ethiopia, Nepal and Pakistan are jointly making action plans to reduce child marriage and improve the situation for girls (and boys) in their communities. This is the result of ICDI’s youth-led research method, organized in the context of the Her Choice programme. This week Her Choice alliance member ICDI published its […]


‘How will you use your power for change?’ It was the first question Katja Iversen, President and CEO of Women Deliver, asked us during the opening of the Women Deliver Advocacy Academy. I was in a conference room in Vancouver with 98 changemakers from 49 countries and I felt a rush of excitement in combination […]

Sharing knowledge and fun at Girls & Boys Camp

More than one in every five girls in Ghana is married before the age of 18 and 5% are married before their 15th birthday.  The Hunger Project-Ghana wants to bring a total end to this phenomenon by empowering young girls and boys through so called Girls & Boys Camps. The Hunger Project Ghana periodically organizes […]

Children who have children

A young girl who, against her will, is married off by her parents to an older man. A much older man. That is the dominant picture of a child marriage. And although this does occur, it happens less often than you might think. Because usually the bride and groom are peers. And it is not […]

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. Fighting […]

‘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 […]