NGO says one in three women face violence, moves to build CSO capacity

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Women’s Right and Health Project (WRAHP) a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) on Tuesday said that one in three women in Nigeria has faced violence.

This was disclosed by Mrs Bose Ironsi, Founder and Executive Director, WRAPH in Lagos during the opening ceremony of its three days capacity building for Civil Society Organisations (CSO).

Ironsi said that Social and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) prevalence was quite high and this has made the NGO to trained CSO in order to curb the scourge.

She said that in just one year of existence of it’s Ireti Resource Center, 450 cases of SGBV has been recorded.

“A lot needs to be done and our thematic is actually to build the capacity of NGOs, CSOs and all stakeholders to respond to SGBV issues.

“This is an ongoing process for us, we are going to build the capacity of CSO and Community advocacy of critical stakeholders.

“They are going to understand the law, what human right was because when you don’t understand the principles of human rights, you will not be able to respond to issues.

“We are going to build their gender Inclusion, those other people that are vulnerable, the children, women and People Living with Disabilities (PLWD)” Ironsi said.

The Executive Director said that its Think Tank facilitators would be taking them on different level while WRAPH would be taking them on Community engagement.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that 40 NGOs and CSO would be trained across Oshodi/Isolo and Ojo Local Government Areas.

A facilitator, Chibogu Obinwa, Gender and Development Specialist said that the capacity building was to strategise on how advocacy could be stepped up.

Obinwa said that the aim was to involve more people at the community level in order to understand their human rights.

She said that a lot of learning needs to be done to eradicate the culture of silence.

Obinwa who was also an independent consultant said that when the people at the community are enlighten, it would deter perpetrators from carrying out their acts.

Another facilitator, Mrs Motunrayo Falade, a legal practitioner said that nobody, irrespective of status should commit domestic Violence.

Falade said that domestic Violence could also be called domestic abuse.

She said that the law seeks to protect human rights, those who had not been abused should protect other people’s right and those that had abused should be counselled.

A participant, Ms Bella Akhagba, founder Bella Foundation for Child and Maternal Care said that the workshop has expand her knowledge and scope.

Akhagba said that with the in-depth knowledge that she has acquired, she would be able to work more efficiently at the community level.

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