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Need: 1ST COMMUNITY CONFERENCE ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS OF GIRLS

Grassroots and Gender Development Center (GGDC) is organizing her 1st Community Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Girls which will take place in Ijanikin community of Lagos, Nigeria. The theme of the conference is “SAVE THE GIRLS FOR THE FUTURE”. The Goal of the conference is to provide factual information for adolescence girls to make an informed decision and develop their potentials.

We are calling on friends, organization and corporate bodies to support this initiative by taking responsible of one item in our budget to help us meet the goal of the conference.

Young people greatly girls represent more than half of Nigeria’s population; the sexual and reproductive health needs of youth in Africa remain acute. Socio-cultural and structural factors often compound young peoples’ vulnerability and marginalization. Early marriages, unintended pregnancies, sexual violence and minimal access to sexuality education and youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services have continued to limit the rights of young women and men as enshrined in various charters and treaties. Addressing these important developmental issues affecting young people’s well-being requires a participatory approach to priority-setting. These youths are constantly challenged by the lack of adequate sexual health information, skills and services which exposes them to risk of pregnancy, abortion, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIVAIDS.

Furthermore, experts estimate that more than 600,000 Nigerian women obtain abortions each year. One-third of women obtaining abortions were adolescent girls. Hospital-based studies showed that up to 80 percent of Nigerian patients with abortion-related complications were adolescent girls . Teenage mothers are more likely than older women to suffer from serious complications during delivery, resulting in higher morbidity and mortality for both mothers and infants. Documented evidence of recent survey indicate that over 16 percent of teenage female reported first sexual intercourse by age 15, and 49 percent of young women age 20 to 24 reported 18 years as age of first sexual intercourse .

It is on this backdrop that the 1ST COMMUNITY CONFERENCE ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS will be taking place in Lagos State. The conference is designed as an added strategy to achieving the ICPD goals and objectives for girls within their local council.

Budget

ITEM AMOUNT WHO IS RESPONSIBLE
Conference Hall N30,000 ($188.309) 60% FANNAK SCHOOL
Printing of Conference Materials for 200 Participants N40,000 ($251.078)
Printing of 2 Banners N15,000 ($94.1543)
Transportation for 5 facilitators N25,000 ($156.924) GGDC
Refreshment for 200 girls, 5 facilitators and 15 stakeholders N66,000 ($414.279)
Transportation for 3 media persons N15,000 ($94.1543)
Printing of Conference Certificate for 200 Participants N20,000 ($125.539)
Logistics: Transportation for distribution of letters and communication N20,000 ($125.539) GGDC

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