June 14, 2016

New research about girls, by girls: The realities of adolescent girls & young women in Kinshasa

Written by Social Development Direct

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The La Pépinière is a UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded research programme for adolescent girls, managed by Social Development Direct, in partnership with the Centre Régional de Recherche et de Documentation sur les Femmes, le Genre et la Construction de la Paix dans la région des Grands Lacs (CERED-GL) in Kinshasa and M&C Saatchi World Services.

The objective of La Pépinière is to promote the economic empowerment of adolescent girls and young women.

Since 2015, the programme has been working with 15 adolescent girls and young women aged between 16 and 24, from diverse backgrounds, and trained them as qualitative researchers to form DRC’s first Girl-led Research Unit (GLRU). The GLRU embodies the girl-led approach of La Pépinière, underpinned by Girl Participation Principles which include meaningful engagement and valuing girls’ time and contributions. These principles aim to ensure girls’ realities are understood and integrated into the design of research, pilot projects and capacity building activities.

Through this innovative Girl-Led Peer Research, the programme encourages girl researchers to examine and challenge the status quo of their position in society and gives them a new standpoint from which to engage with other community stakeholders, including men and boys.

Findings from these studies have been brought together in a report highlighting the voices of the girl researchers. This report is written for all government, donor, civil society and private actors whose policies, programmes and research affect, whether directly or indirectly, the lives of adolescent girls and young women in Kinshasa, and more widely in DRC.

You can read the summary report here: http://www.sddirect.org.uk/media/1260/la-pep_summary-report-agyw-realities-in-kinshasa.pdf

The full report will be made available at www.sddirect.org.uk in July 2016.

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