WRAHP engages CSOs, stakeholders in Ojo, Oshodi-Isolo on SGBV case management

Women’s Rights and Health Project  (WRAHP) had quarterly stakeholders meeting with CSOs and community representatives in Oshodi-Isolo local government areas on how to tackle Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) within their localities.

The meeting held separately in the two local government areas on Thursday and Friday, is the first quarterly meeting the Non-Governmental Organization is having with the CSOs and stakeholders in their efforts to rid Ojo and Oshodi-Isolo areas of Lagos State free of SGBV cases.

WRAHP had earlier in December, 2021, held a three-day capacity building workshop with the CSOs to promote the uptake of justice on SGBV cases.

The NGO is doing this under a project titled Agents for Citizens-Driven Transformation programme, funded by the European Union EU-ACT, and managed by the British Council.

The project objective is to build CSOs to promote uptake of justice related social services in Ojo and Oshodi-Isolo LGAs.

In a press statement made available to journalists at the meeting held in Isolo with CSOs and community stakeholders in Oshodi-Isolo LGA on Friday, January 21, WRAHP’s Executive Director, Bose Ironsi, explained that the programme was designed to build the capacity of CSOs to enable them to be credible and effective drivers of change for sustainable development in Nigeria.

According to Bose, the focus of the program involves “strengthening the system of CSOs, networks and coalitions to improve their internal, external and programmatic capabilities, and providing a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue for an improved, effective and inclusive regulatory environment for the operation of CSOs in Nigeria. ”

Also at the Friday meeting, Precious Eberechukwu, the Project Officer and Community Rep/Acting Manager at Ireti Resource Centre, which is managed by WRAHP, explained to the CSO’s and stakeholders how they can respond effectively to SGBV cases and provide the needful to a survivor.

She also told them to ensure they encourage community members to report SGBV cases and to see that SGBV survivors have an enhanced sense of personal security and equity before the law as well as to motivate them to seek justice for violations against them.

During the meeting, participants were also provided with awareness materials on case management and referral support services for SGBV survivors, among others.

Abisoye Ajose, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, WRAHP, speaking to newsmen, said that “part of our deliverables for this meeting is that we want to work with community stakeholders to be able to bring a more coordinated and effective response to SGBV case management.”

She said WRAP is doing so because it believes that a multi-dimensional approach is very important in being able to address SGBV issues in Nigeria as a whole.

According to her, “WRAHP has been working in Lagos for over 10 years and has made impact in SGBV management, especially in Alimosho LGA. Now we want to amplify our work by moving to Oshodi-Isolo and Ojo LGAs. Though we are still working in Alimosho.”

She further said, “With this activities, we intend to disseminate awareness raising materials such as Lagos State Domestic Violence Law, which will help people to be more aware about the law and also to be able to report cases as well as refer people to the Ireti Resource Centre and to also refer people to IDERA Sexual and Referral Assault Centre, Alimosho, where they can access services.”

She added that WRAHP has intention to carry out the same project in all LGAs in Lagos if it gets more funding opportunities to do so.

One of the participants from Ishagatedo Community Child Protection, Isolo, Prince Olawale Festus, was full of praises for WRAHP and what they are doing.

He said, “We have been opportune to start working with WRAHP since last year. After a three-day workshop they organised, by the time we came into our society, we discovered our people are lacking behind in responding to SGBV cases.

“So, the stakeholders from my community are present at this quarterly meeting and they are happy with the knowledge they are gaining on the management of SGBV cases.

“With what WRAHP is doing, we are getting better equipped to identify, handle and refer SGBV cases to Ireti and other appropriate quarters.”

 

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