Realizing Women’s Rights through Reduction of Poverty, Ignorance and Gender Based Violence in Ten States of Nigeria
The many successes in women’s rights through legal means created two (2) critical factors:
The rapidly growing reputation of WRAPA attracted an ever increasing number of women who are survivors of domestic abuse throughout Nigeria. Clients are indicating a greater need required for counseling rather than litigation
It is against this backdrop that WRAPA in 2006 sought Grant support from the Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria to establish ten (10) Counselling and Skills acquisition centres in the six geo-political zones in Nigeria to address the pressing need to tackle the interconnected challenges of poverty, access to justice for women who are the most vulnerable to GBV, and HIV/AIDS
The intervention aims to empower Nigerian women in achieving the MDG goals by enhancing their enjoyment of legal and human rights through the integrated services of counselling, human rights information and access to justice, financial security, advocacy against forced and early marriage, community education and HIV prevention and treatment information
This project was being initiated in the following states; are Anambara, Bauchi, Cross River, Gombe, Katsina, Niger, Oyo, Ekiti, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Kaduna States.
A pilot initiative for the grant was set up in Malumfashi community in Katsina state in 2007. With the positive results from the activities of the centre, a Four (4) year expansion grant application by WRAPA was approved by the Embassy in 2008.
OUTCOMES / IMPACT OF THE PROJECT
- Successful commissioning of all the 10 Project Centres between November 2008 – September 2010
- Shared responsibility by host communities. Specifically, provision of Centre site and some equipment to augment the equipment provided for the Embassy grant.
- Full functioning of activities in all the 10 Project Centres by the provision of economic security for women through the instrument of adult education and skills acquisition sessions in order to enhance income generation for women and reduce poverty.
- Effective collaboration with local institutions (education, health and judiciary) in the successful delivery of the value component sessions i.e. Health care, Legal aid, counselling, human rights information and self- esteem
- Sustained community education and sensitization through advocacy and debate sessions on the rights of women
- Improved income generation for rural women and reduction in family poverty levels (646 women have graduated)
- Improved knowledge on health among rural women especially around HIV/AIDS and Maternal Mortality (2,200 women benefited)
- Gradual change in negative perceptions towards women’s rights issues at the rural areas through the school debate and community advocacy (10,400 Women & Children benefited)
- The number of beneficiaries (women, men and youths) continues to increase and that they are encouraged to build directly or indirectly on past years’ achievement and activities.