The Voice of Women FM (WFM 91.7) Holds Sensitization Rally Themed ‘Students Say NO to Corruption’
The Voice of Women FM, popularly known as WFM 91.7, the official media partners of the Gender and Accountability Project, made industrious use of their wide network to raise the decibel of the voices in demand for accountability in Nigeria. The Voice of Women FM held a sensitization rally in the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Yaba, Lagos on the 22nd March, 2019. This activity was carried out in line with the organization’s mandates and its involvement in the implementation of the Gender and Accountability Project (GAP-C) in partnership with the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), and with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
The Gender and Accountability Project is an intervention necessitated by the absence of female voices in the demand for accountability, and in the fight against corruption.
Corruption is a form of dishonesty or criminal activity undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority to acquire illicit profit. In Nigeria, corruption is a menace that has afflicted the people and nation. It is seen in every sector from education to agriculture, politics, health, religion, government etc.This Phenomenon occurs on varying scales ranging from small favors also known as” petty corruption” to large scale or “grand corruption”. To further understand the nature of corruption, and to document its impact and primary recipient, the gender lens has become an essential apparatus to engage for clarity on issues of corruption.
Therefore, to tackle the problems in our society, it is imperative to rally the voices of women into a force that stands against corruption, understands their place in the society and places a premium on demanding for accountability from political and non-political leaders in Nigeria, hence, the implementation of the sensitization rally. The sensitization rally was conducted with the motives of; raising awareness on corruption through real-life occurrences and its effect on the female gender, raising awareness on accountability and sensitization on methods to its demand, helping participants identify how they have been affected by corruption and get them to share their experiences, putting women at the fore-front of the accountability crusade and ensuring the scaling-up of the accountability demand.
On successful completion of the sensitization rally, participants upgraded their knowledge on corruption and its effect on women, participants also built their capacity on methods to demand accountability. At the end of the event, and for sustainability of the intervention, a Gender and Accountability Club was set-up with students as its members. This group of students would further cascade down the demand for accountability discourse, they would also meet timely to scale-up related issues to major stakeholders and actors in the demand for accountability for further action.