Social Media Workshop to Help Empower Nigerian Women and Girls

A day long social media workshop for women and girl-children was recently hosted by the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria and Abisoye Ajayi of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and cofounder of the Pearls Africa Foundation, according to a press release.

The workshop, called “A Crowd4Her,” was “meant to raise awareness on girl-child issues using social media tools to capture and amplify stories with catchy contents through graphics, data presentations, and blogging,” said Ajayi. “Our ultimate goal is to empower 2000 young girls living in underserved communities in Nigeria by the year 2020,” she said.

Participants in the workshop learned how to tell stories using different mediums and a variety of social media platforms. In particular, the forcus was on health, gender equality, and education for women and girls.

“The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is proud to have hosted the “A Crowd4Her” program led by YALI Network member Abisoye Ajayi in collaboration with experienced Nigerian social media practitioners,” said Deputy Public Affairs Officer Frank Sellin in the press release. “Empowering girls and working with civil society groups to advance women’s rights are priorities for the U.S. Mission to Nigeria.”

The YALI network, which was established by President Barack Obama in 2013, provides resources for young Africans seeking to bring change in their communities. To access it’s virtual resources or get involved, visit


Photo courtesy of the US Consulate in Lagos.

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