"The theme of the film was for the elections and that you should not be manipulated by the political parties. Before the last elections we projected these films and I think there was a real benefit establishing peaceful elections."
“In Niger the population is generally not engaged in local affairs, now they are participating and there is more collaboration between the community and the government administration.”
“The men don’t so much listen to these programs because they are working but they question their wives afterwards about what they were doing, this is when we tell them about the importance of these initiatives in our community.”
“We have become better structured since our engagement with PDev II. Since 2012, we are better organized and have a vision of development and promotion of youth that is clearer.”
Aichata received PDev II leadership training in 2013. After being elected Vice Mayor, she is eager to use her role to mobilize other youth towards countering violent extremism in N’Guigmi.
“We raised awareness with chiefs and religious leaders so that they would not be key actors of the political parties but rather actors for the civilians leading up to and during elections.”
"I have been working with PDev II since 2012 ... It's our role as youth to create a synergy between the different structures so we can create a dynamic emerging country. I am an actor of change in my country."