African Solutions was honoured to be invited to join the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, whose mission it is to promote the rights and opportunities of adolescent girls. Blending perfectly with ASAP’s own vision, the Coalition envisions a world where adolescent girls are able to fully realize their rights, navigate challenges and access opportunities during the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood and beyond.
The Coalition also seeks to ensure that adolescent girls can:
• Minimize their vulnerability to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, violence, exploitation, and abuse;
• Obtain a quality education at the primary and secondary levels;
• Access safe, affordable and comprehensive girl-friendly health services;
• Build and protect their economic assets and opportunities;
• Advocate for themselves and their communities;
• Count on and be counted by their communities, families, men, and boys as allies;
• Participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives, communities, and nations;
• Decide if, when and whom they marry and if, when, and how many children to have;
• Understand and obtain legal rights.
Director of US Operations Noah Fischel represented ASAP at the quarterly meeting in Washington DC on December 19th, joined by long-time ASAP donor, AJWS’s Advocacy Associate, Amanda Cary. The meeting was hosted by the United Nations Foundation and Nike’s Girl Effect Campaign whose stunning new video was warmly received.
Says Priscilla Higham, ASAP Programme Director, “We are inspired to back the movement and fuel the girl effect, carrying this message to the adolescent girls in the ASAP drop-in centres in the rural villages of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. We invite you to do the same.”