Circular migration (from rural to urban areas and back) among adolescents is common throughout West Africa, with the principle motivation being the search for economic opportunities, including domestic work. The evidence base on adolescent migration and domestic work is fairly thin. Evidence on programmatic effectiveness generally ends at program completion and does not follow adolescents over time. The current study follows a subsample of migrant adolescent girls in domestic service in urban Burkina Faso who participated in the first cohort of the Filles Éveillées (Girls Awakened) pilot program. Filles Éveillées was designed to provide migrant girls in domestic service with opportunities to build social networks and develop skills necessary for adulthood. Over a period of 30 weeks, participants attended weekly group meetings led by female mentors and developed life skills as well as skills in health, including sexual and reproductive health, and financial capabilities. As noted in this technical report, the program’s first cohort was implemented from 2011–2012. A pre-test and post-test was conducted with program participants, and a subsample was interviewed one year after program completion.
Engebretsen, Sarah. 2013. "Follow-up study of migrant adolescent girls in domestic service who participated in the first cohort of the Filles Éveillées ('Girls Awakened') program," technical report. New York: Population Council.
Filles Eveillées (“Girls Awakened”)
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