Cross section of some team members

Adolescent Hub Project Team – Adolescent Hub Project of the Gender Mobile Initiative

Date grant awarded: July 5, 2019

Omowumi Ogunrotimi’s experience of sexual abuse at the age of 14 became her definition of childhood in Nigeria until she accessed support through channels that helped her speak out. Coupled with loosing her best friend at the age of 12 to unsafe abortion from a rape incident inspired her to set the agenda for the Gender Mobile Initiative. The Adolescent Hub Project of the Gender Mobile Initiative provides information and builds the knowledge and skills of adolescents on the prevention and response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

Available data according to UNICEF reveals that 6 out of every 10 children experience emotional, sexual, or physical abuse before age 1, thereby confirming that this as a real problem capable of limiting their educational outcomes and impairing their agency. Omowumi’s work will build the knowledge of adolescents, provide safe spaces to speak out, and access services through a helpline and safe drop-box.

To achieve this shift, The Pollination Project will help build the capacity of the project facilitators who will deliver the module, produce several copies of the module, develop a documentary content suitable for all platforms, and train community volunteers who will take ownership of the project for sustainability.