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HER. VOICE. RAISING. NIGERIA. 3 PILLARS OF RHV NIGERIA. PILLAR ONE: CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT Develop capacity of grassroots women to efficiently and effectively engage in decision making processes on issues affecting their lives. Chief mrs sani pix.

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VOICE

RAISING

NIGERIA


3 pillars of rhv nigeria

3 PILLARS OF RHV NIGERIA

PILLAR ONE:CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

Develop capacity of grassroots women to efficiently and effectively engage in decision making processes on issues affecting their lives

Chief mrs sani pix

“Women of my constituency now know how to engage with the government particularly our representatives at the National Assembly. This is kudos to WRAPA and the Raising Her Voice Project”

…Chief (Mrs.) Felicia Sani, National President; of Market Women Association of Nigeria


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PILLAR TWO: LEGAL REFORMS

Enactment of integral laws that would eliminate discriminatory provisions in existing laws/policies and guarantee the enjoyment of human rights by the Nigeria woman

“With the sustained advocacy to legislators particularly at state levels, integral laws are being enacted to address issues of concerns around women issues especially violence against women. This is in line with the provisions of the AU Women’s Protocol that makes it obligatory for state parties to legislate on certain provisions of the document

…Abiola Akiode, Exe. Dir., Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (RHV Partner)

PILLAR THREE: Domestication of the African Union Women’s Protocol in Nigeria


Objectives of rhv nigeria

OBJECTIVES OF RHV NIGERIA

  • Contribute towards reducing gender inequality through the active and productive inclusion of poor women in governance and decision-making in Nigeria

  • Facilitate the accelerated domestication and implementation of the provisions of the AU Women's Protocol in Nigeria


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STRATEGIES/APPROACHES

  • Networking/lobbying/Advocacy/Linkages

  • Sustained engagement with Public/Traditional institutions & decision making forums

  • Capacity development of CBOs/grassroots associations to achieve the rights of poor women

  • Learning/lessons sharing

  • Disseminating good practice

  • through innovative media and

  • communications work

A trainer taking the women through capacity building sessions

A traditional ruler admonishing the people during a THM

Cross section of participants at an awareness workshop


Progress

PROGRESS

  • Legal Reforms

  • Legislation on GBV/VAW

    • National: VAPP Bill –successful Public Hearing awaiting 3rd Reading

    • Lagos - Domestic Violence and Related Offences law

    • Enugu, Anambra & Imo - Prohibition of Infringement

      of Widow and Widower Fundamental Right Law

    • Edo - Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Law

  • Domestication of the AU Women’s Protocol

  • Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill

    • National: After its articulation, had to wait because of the elections; will be introduced by September 2011

    • Kaduna & Ebonyi – awaiting 2nd reading

    • Lagos & Plateau – process of being gazetted not yet read

    • Anambra – passed by legislature awaiting Governor’s consent

    • Ogun – held Pub hearing awaiting 3rd Reading

  • Alliance building / Networking

    • Equipped and improved the capacity of grassroots women

      leaders with skills and knowledge to engage in advocacy for

      women’s inclusion through capacity building trainings

    • Mobilization rallies at state and national levels

Public Hearing on VAPP Bill

Constituency Outreach in Ilorin


Progress contd

PROGRESS CONTD.

  • National lobbying and advocacy

  • Active involvement of FBOs as implementing partners

  • Successful advocacy visits

  • Engagement of members of the traditional councils at THM

    in different communities

  • Wide dissemination of reader friendly IEC/BCC materials

  • Community mobilization and strengthening

  • Attitudinal changes ---consent in marriage, GBV impunity,

    son preference, HWPs etc

  • “Catch Them Young” (School debates)

Hon Nimota Suleiman addressing the people during an awareness rally

A religious leader addressing the team during an advocacy visit


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  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

  • Baseline survey

  • field visits

  • Review/Planning meetings with implementing partners /

  • stakeholders

  • impact assessment and sustainability tracking

  • Midterm evaluation by an external consulatant

Nkechi Nwabueze speaking during a review & planning meeting with implementing partners/stakeholders


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OUTPUT

Mandate Protection Training

for female political aspirants

in collaboration with CDD, GAA

& WPEP in FCT for the 7 States

in North Central zone of Nigeria

30

10 Capacity building trainings on advocacy for grassroots women leaders and activists

100

Leadership development for women

Enhanced political participation for women

2 Constituency

Outreaches

1860

Capacity building for female aspirants for elective office towards the 2011 elections in collaboration with the Fed. Min. of Women Affairs, GAA and WPEP in FCT & Minna in Niger State

229 out of a national total of 820 female aspirants

5 Town Hall Meetings

280

Interactive Session with Law Enforcement Agents

112

Interventions to

address GBV

1st & 2nd Reading of VAPP Bill

430 (Cumulative of Parliamentarians in session,

CSOs, media & other stakeholders)

Public Hearing

on VAPP Bill

360

2 Commemoration of Annual ‘16 Days Activism on VAW’


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Production & Dissemination of IEC Materials on GBV & AU Women’s Protocol

9,500

2 Annual Press Conferences in the FCT

3,000,000

Media Campaign Jingle in 4 local FM Stations

1,500,000

Gender focused IEC Intervention

Media Dialogue/Capacity Building for gender correspondence of print & Electronic Media

20

Panel discussions:

*2 National TV - 8,000,000

*3 National Network Radio - 15,000,000

*4 local FM stations - 4,000,000


Impact

IMPACT

Legal Reforms

  • Gradual increase in social intolerance to GBV/VAW thereby dismantling common justifications for GBV especially rape as well as accountability of institutions in Nigeria, the Police in particular

    Alliance building / Networking

  • Synergy and Unity of Purpose among CivilSociety Actors

  • Enhanced knowledge and leadership skills for grassroots Women

    National lobbying and advocacy

  • Improved response to gender issues by policy

    makers particularly the legislature

  • Improved Collaboration between government and CSOs

    Community mobilization and strengthening

  • Enhanced CSO-Media partnership

  • Significant shift in the mindset of rural women

Members of the RHV Network in a strategy meeting with the Chair, HCWA, NASS


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LESSONS LEARNT

  • Knowledge of the workings of systems and institutions engenders support and removes potential bottlenecks

  • Programming for grassroots projects requires looking at issues from the lenses of the grassroots people

  • Effective and meaningful engagement of Legislators requires sustained dialogue

  • The use of indigenous language, simplification and translation of vital documents and communication engenders buy in and commitment to a cause

  • Confidence building and support of community leaders are key to achieving programme depth and high impact on the lives of the members of the community

  • Best results for work in communities are achieved when participatory training methods and THM to achieve the objectives of the project are utilized

  • Working with grassroots communities require appropriate timing and involvement


Lessons learnt contd

LESSONS LEARNT CONTD.

  • Identifying and leveraging on policy moments is strategic for the

  • amplification of a cause and makes easier entry points

  • Inclusivity through sectoral engagement of the institutions of religious and

  • culture dismantles apprehensions and engenders dialogue and negotiations

  • on issues of women’s rights

  • Promoting shared lessons and best practices helps to improve the capacity

  • of partners

  • Transparency and full disclosure of financial status is key in gaining the confidence

  • of group members

  • Always necessary and advisable that agreement on expectations and

  • deliverables are put in writing and endorsed

  • Qualitative knowledge when passed on to women improves their self esteem

  • and commitments towards promotion and protection of their rights

  • The assumptions around illiterate and less privileged women is misplaced as

  • the project has established that these women can negotiate for their rights

  • when their capacity to do so is built appropriately

  • Engagement of legislative technical support staff secures institutional memory

  • to mitigate the turnover of elected members of Parliament

Dialogue with male heads of households on issues of Domestic Violence

Hadeezah Haruna-Usie, RHV Nigeria project coordinator in a dialogue with Sam Dabeng, Dep. Dir., AU Div., Min. of Foreign Affairs during a partnership visit to the Ministry


Challenges

CHALLENGES

  • Poor budgeting for programme activities

    ? Active participation of secretariat at programme and events for effective impact assessment

    ? Limited reach in terms of beneficiaries

  • Deep-seated traditions and cultural inhibitions informed by patriarchal system

  • Sectarian crisis in some parts of Nigeria

  • Weak resource support for monitoring and evaluation


What is working

WHAT IS WORKING

  • Leverage on existing platforms and intervention

  • Diversified fund raising for the project

  • Replication of the DFID Issue Based approach to

    generate support and project buy in by other

    stakeholders

  • strategic seizure of policy moments and landmark

    events to raise the visibility of specific gender issues

    and the voices of women

“intervention strategy adopted for the implementation of the RHV project has proved very efficient and effective”

…Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau, Consultant for Mid Term Evaluation of RHV Nigeria.


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Ladies & gentlemen!

Thank you for your spared time!!!!


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