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Helping Girls Rise in Nigeria

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Partnering with the international film project Girl Rising, which documents empowering stories of women and girls around the world, Equal Access has drawn on its experience and on-the-ground presence in northern Nigeria to successfully localize the project for a Nigerian audience. In Nigeria, as in each of the countries featured in Girl Rising, men dominate and claim the hierarchy within society, while women continue to be viewed as second class citizens or worse. To combat this societal standard, Equal Access dubbed six of Girl Rising’s videos for Hausa-speaking audiences, featuring stories of women in Asia, Africa, and South America and spotlighting international parallels to several challenges women face in Nigeria such as early marriage, gender-based violence, domestic slavery, and sex trafficking. To further this connection and bring a focus on women’s stories in Nigeria, EA produced an additional series of 10-minute vignettes that tackle similar women’s issues in a Nigerian context. The Girl Rising episodes and accompanying vignettes will air on the satellite TV channel AREWA24 in 2016 and are already used in teacher and community leader trainings across northern Nigeria. Through highlighting exceptional women, these stories aim to bring into the public consciousness the issues facing girls in Nigeria and solutions that can empower them.

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