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Ongoing marginalization or discrimination in societies around the world, caused and perpetuated in large part by unfair public policies, leads to certain people and groups having more or less access to resources and services based on their social class, race/ethnicity, gender, religion, migrant or citizenship status, ability, or other aspects of their identities.

This training aims to impart the skills needed for peers to facilitate small groups of young married women and first-time parents, which can reduce these young women’s social isolation and increase knowledge of sexual and reproductive health. The training is designed for use in francophone West Africa, where a significant proportion of adolescent girls aged 15–19 and young women aged 20–24 are married or living in union, but it can easily be adapted for other settings.

Facilitators use games to help people get to know each other (‘icebreakers’), increase their energy or enthusiasm levels (‘energisers’), encourage team building, or make people think about a specific issue.

"Segmenting" is a marketing term for dividing up an audience into groups according to particular criteria. The members of each group have at least one important factor in common with the other members of the same group, and that factor sets them apart from all the other groups.

These guides are designed for use in small group situations where one or more people are literate and confident enough to lead others in group discussion. They aim to provide material for discussion around a subject either in isolation or as part of a regular group meeting; for example of farmers, literacy trainees or women’s group members.

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