Youth Square Builds The Capacity Of Young Women To Actively Participate In Accountability And Good Governance
With the swearing in of the new government on 28th May 2015, citizens in Nigeria are eagerly following the actions of our elected officials. However, the involvement of women in issue of accountability and governance remains minimal. At present, women comprise less than 8% of the Nigerian senate. To ensure that the opinions and needs of women are recognized and addressed by our elected officials, it is important that more young women are actively involved in the decision making and implementation processes. This can only be achieved if more young women are knowledgeable about the tools and strategies of engaging in good governance.
The Youth Square Accountability and Good Governance program will support 100 young women in Lagos and Abuja to actively participate in accountability and promote good governance at the local government level. The program will increase citizen participation in governance and position young women to better represent the needs and opinions of women in their communities. It will support young women in different council areas and local governments in Lagos and Abuja to work with their elected leaders and council officials; monitoring their activities and facilitating communication between community members and their elected representatives.
In June 2015, a capacity building session was held in Abuja were sessions on policy advocacy, advocacy tools, governance was facilitated by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement(YIAGA) and the Center for Democracy and Development(CDD). The next session in Lagos will hold on Saturday, 4th of July 2015 with sessions facilitated by Development Diaries, Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and Human Development Initiative.
For more information about the project, please visit www.youthsquarenigeria.org
The Youth Square Project is a project of HACEY Health Initiative designed to positively engage and educate young women on the 2015 elections and building their capacities to hold their elected leaders accountable. The project will amplify the voices of young women towards informing and engaging stakeholders and political leaders to accommodate their opinions and needs. This project is funded by the United States Government.