Burkina Faso has the tenth youngest population in the world, with 45 percent of the population below the age of 15. Young people in Burkina Faso, especially adolescent girls, have few economic opportunities, particularly in rural areas. This drives migration to urban areas in search of employment. On their own, girls are physically and economically vulnerable and many are at heightened risk for gender-based violence. The Population Council conducted formative research in 2010 to better understand the situation of migrant adolescent girls in domestic service in urban Burkina Faso, and subsequently designed a safe spaces intervention. The Filles Éveillées (“Girls Awakened”) program aims to increase social capital, build adolescent girls’ skills in health (including sexual and reproductive health), life skills, and financial capabilities, and link girls to services. By providing girls with a safe space, access to peers, and a female mentor, this program seeks to increase domestic workers’ opportunities and reduce their vulnerabilities. This technical report presents baseline and endline findings from adolescent girls ages 11–16 who participated in Cohort 1 of the Filles Éveillées program in Bobo Dioulasso from 2011–12.
Engebretsen, Sarah. 2012. "Baseline and endline findings of Filles Eveillées ('Girls awakened'): A pilot program for migrant adolescent girls in domestic service. Cohort 1 (2011–2012), Bobo-Dioulasso." Ouagadougou: Population Council.
Filles Eveillées (“Girls Awakened”)
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