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Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we highlight some of the work we are doing to reduce this pandemic

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) continues to be a global pandemic. According to the United Nations, a staggering one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

At SDDirect we firmly believe that young girls and women all over the world deserve to live a violence-free life to achieve their full potential. We are currently supporting a number of projects globally promoting the reduction of VAWG. These include:

  • As a core partner in component 1 of DFID’s What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls Programme together with the Medical Research Council (MRC) and LSTHM, we play a key role in providing technical support to implementing partners, helping them strengthen their operational research, monitoring and evaluation of interventions, facilitating learning loops and feedback into programme design.
  • Managing DFID’s VAWG Helpdesk - providing high quality, rapid response research and advice on a wide range of VAWG issues.
  • Providing technical leadership on DFID’s V4C programme in Nigeria, working with young people to transform gender norms in the country, with a particular focus on tackling the social norms that underpin violence against women and girls.

SDDirect: Celebrating the 16 Days of VAWG Activism in Nigeria

From 25 November to 10 December, 16 days of activism against gender-based violence aim to raise public awareness of VAWG and mobilise people around the world to bring about change.

  • The V4C programme will kick-off the global campaign with a series of activities aimed at bringing attention to harmful attitudes and behaviours that lead to VAWG and highlighting the different ways women in Nigeria can seek protection from violence. Through the “Purple” brand launched by the programme, the team will target young people in Enugu, Lagos, Kaduna and Kano states with a “No Excuse!” campaign, centred on bringing to an end any kind of violence against women and girls. The campaign will consist of radio shows, campus activities, live roadshows and debates. It will end in Lagos on 10 December with an exciting event where young people will have the chance to interact and engage with different Purple products including a live play and music video. This social experiment will challenge young people’s perceptions and attitudes to take ‘No Excuse’ for violence.

  • As a core partner and gender lead on DFID’s Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), we will be supporting the inauguration of Women, Peace and Security Networks (WPSN) as the UNOWAS (United Nations Office for West Africa) Working Group in Nigeria. The NSRP gender team, led by our Advisor, Eleanor Nwadinobi, has been working closely with networks of women-focused, civil society organisations (Women, Peace and Security Networks (WPSNs), strengthening their capacity to engage with government structures and the wider community, to raise awareness of the women, peace and security agenda, and ultimately, prevent VAWG in conflict situations. The role of WPSNs as a driver to the realisation of UNSCR 1325 in Nigeria has attracted recognition from UNOWAS, leading to its decision of establishing WPSN as its Working Group for Women, Peace and Security in Nigeria. The formal inauguration will be held on 8th December, as part of the commemoration of the 16 days of VAWG activism. In addition, NSRP hosts an on line observatory on VAWG that track incidents of GBV in eight states in Nigeria. You can access the latest reports by clicking here.

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