Launch of Full Participation Fund Comic Book Initiative

Full Participation Fund Comic Book Initiative
Full Participation Fund Comic Book Initiative

On June 24, Ambassador David Gilmour presented the keynote address at the launch of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Full Participation Fund’s Mon futur, mon choix comic book initiative. The State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, through its Full Participation Fund, financed an Embassy proposal to create a comic book for adolescents. The idea was to use an illustrated book to explain adolescents’ rights under Togolese law and provide to them the information that would empower them to prevent their victimization. In short vignettes, Mon futur, mon choix will follow young peoples’ lives in villages and in cities in Togo, depicting the choices adolescents can make and how these choices impact their lives. It covers themes that include the importance of pursuing education, rights for persons living with disabilities, violence in schools, rape, female genital mutilation, human trafficking, and early or forced marriage. In addition to producing the comic book, the project will also undertake a public awareness messaging campaign, and provide training for schoolteachers and journalists on how to communicate the messages incorporated into the book. In his remarks, Ambassador Gilmour noted, “I encourage you to read the stories depicted in this book as displayed on the boards in the room upstairs. Some are comic, but many are quite tragic, depicting terrible, criminal actions that victimize adolescents. In creating Mon futur, mon choix, we aim to empower adolescents with information about their rights, raise their awareness as to the penalties for criminal acts committed against them, and provide contact information for resource centers which can help.”

an illustrated book explain adolescents rights
An illustrated book explain adolescents rights