In Nigeria, 4 out of 10 people live below the national poverty line. Among the most affected are girls living in rural areas or displaced.
Many girls live in unsafe environments, often facing the insecurity of being displaced again due to ongoing violence. This leaves them at risk of missing years of school, which has only been exacerbated due to COVID-19.
In addition, women and girls are particularly at risk of experiencing gender-based violence and gender discrimination, which can severely impact their mental health.
With EU humanitarian funding, the IRC has been able to offer young girls in north-eastern Nigeria spaces where they can learn in a supportive and nurturing environment.
These safe spaces have not only enabled these young girls to acquire valuable life skills, such as reading, but it has also allowed them to learn how to strengthen their emotional resilience.
We asked girls to share some of their favourite ways to cope with negative emotions. See some of their examples!
Photos © Etinosa Yvonne
Publication date: 10/06/2022