Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development in Nigeria.
UNICEF reported that one in four girls and one in ten boys in Nigeria would have experienced sexual violence before the age of 18. Also, six out of ten children in Nigeria will experience emotional, physical or sexual abuse before the age of 18, with half experiencing physical violence.
We advocate for ending gender-based violence by increasing awareness of the causes and consequences of violence. We also promote the need for changing norms and behavior of men and boys, whilst advocating for gender equality and women’s human rights.
We have a unique and holistic method of tackling Gender Based Violence through the development and implementation of a series of initiatives, providing preventive measures in education and community service to reduce the high incidence.
We support survivors by offering access to shelters, health services, provision legal aid, counselling and other essential services to ensure the physical and mental recuperation of victims. We visit and cater to victims of abuse through encouragement, counselling and provision of basic needs
We aim to raise global awareness and advocate against the growing prevalence of gender based violence, sexual abuse, rape and human trafficking amongst women and girls of all ages in Nigeria.