RMNCAH Promotion and Advocacy Program
This program is to implement interventions that build awareness and work with communities and Government institutions to understand health problems, prevent disease, and advocate for, and invest in, better health and living conditions for girls and women especially in rural, remote and hard-to-reach areas. This program addresses Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child & Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) holistically, which includes; availability, accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of health services for girls and women. It further promotes access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition and food security, income generation and poverty alleviation.
- To promote access to and utilization of health information, knowledge and services especially of family planning and other life saving commodities by adolescent girls and women in northern Nigeria
- To advocate for health-friendly laws, policies and practices at health facility, community, local government, national and international levels
- To increase availability and access to life-saving drugs by strengthening accountability mechanisms and advocating for timely release of funds at all levels.
In partnership with UNFPA-Nigeria and Action Health Incorporated, Every Girl Every Woman Initiative successfully implemented a #NoHoodieNoHoney campaign in Sokoto. The campaign engaged and educates about 472 young girls aged 15-24 with accurate sexual and reproductive health information and skills that would allow them to make informed decisions when it comes to sex and relationships.
Currently, with support from Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR), through its Strengthening Accountability for Maternal Health in Nigeria (SAMiN project); we are implementing strategic advocacy approach in Sokoto through a coalition (Sokoto Accountability Coalition on RMNCAH, SACoM) aimed at strengthening accountability that would influences timely and adequate releases of funds for life saving drugs for pregnant women such as Oxytocin, Misoprostol and Magnesium Sulphate.
100-Women-Groups Support Program
Building on successful – 100 women group model – used successfully by CEDPA and USAID/TSHIP MNCH/FP/RH project in northern Nigeria; this program provides opportunities for mentoring, leadership training, strategy development and advocacy skills to the women groups in northern Nigeria.
100 women group are a coalition among smaller women groups which identifies and articulates issues of priority within their communities and stimulates participatory dialogues within targeted communities to address them. It is an advocacy group composed of approximately 100 leaders and proactive members drawn across board that is formed at the local government area (LGA) as well as state-level. The number ‘100’ is symbolic as groups may be fewer or even more than a hundred.
The groups give women a voice and empower women to come together and articulate their own health concerns and issues in an environment where women have been traditionally left out of decision-making and where maternal mortality is high, immunization coverage is low, and literacy rates are low.
As such, women groups provide a cohesive forum to discuss critical health issues and to put this knowledge into action. Further, they provide an opportunity to engage in other key activities that can further empower group members ultimately leading to greater family health outcomes. One such activity is entrepreneurship promotion such as saving and lending initiatives and vocational training.
Through this program, Every Girl Every Woman Initiative intends to:
- Provide support to the women groups to register as a formal association.
- Facilitate access to financing for women groups that are ready for it
- Work with partners to strengthen their organizational and leadership structure
- Work with partners to strengthen the business skills of the women groups
- Work with partners to introduce new vocational skills to the women groups
- Identify possible leading social entrepreneurs within the women groups and nominate them to international opportunities like Ashoka among others
- Support and strengthen record keeping and documentation on the women groups’ activities and work with the Ministry of Women Affairs to promote them
- Strengthen the Ministry of Women Affairs advisory role to the women groups
Girls Leadership and Empowerment Program: (GLEP)
is a program for girls and young women ages 18-25. The Leadership Program includes five-day leadership training and networking opportunities with successful women leaders. Through skills building, peer learning and reflection; the program provide safe spaces for girls to discuss issues that affect their lives and develop personal and community leadership skills to foster social innovation. The program further provides the tools, resources, partnerships and support to girls and young women to gain voice, ability, and problem-solving capacity to realize their full potential.
Sustainable Girls’ Initiative: (Sus-Girls)
Is a program of Every Girl Every Woman Initiative, targeting girls and young women in northern Nigeria. The mentorship program will be a 3 months programme where 40 to 60 girls from selected Secondary Schools (10 girls from each school) within Sokoto state. The girls 11-17 will receive training and participate in workshops on the importance of personal hygiene and building strong interpersonal skills. The girls will also be equipped with life-skills and basic human rights knowledge, especially knowledge on Gender-Based Violence with a specific focus on harmful traditional practices such as Child Marriages and School Related Gender Based Violence as well as key life skills such as decision making, career counselling, emotional management among others. The programme will be managed by mentors, drawn from our membership, who will hold weekly mentorship sessions with the mentees.
The objectives of the Girls’ Mentorship Program are:
- Equip the girls with interpersonal skills to deal with life issues
- Encourage dialogue and trust among girls
- Nurture the spirit of sisterhood and leadership among young girls
- Increase their knowledge on Hygiene, SRH and GBV related issues
- Provide mentees with skills they need in their day to day lives
- Create a network of vibrant young girls who have self-esteem, are assertive, have good communication skills and can make informed decisions
Strengthening Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence
Young Leaders training on ending Gender Based Violence in Schools: With support from Awesome without Boarders in 2015, Every Girl Every Woman Initiative implemented a 6 months campaign on Gender Based Violence secondary schools in Sokoto. The program started with a capacity building for young people selected from 6 different mixed-gender secondary schools. The project trained young people between the ages of 15 to 17 on most common negative attitudes, gender stereotypes and harmful practices found in their schools and immediate environments. Through active participation and group works, their capacity was built on how to approach and challenge those negative attitudes. Relevant topics, such as bullying and gender based violence, early and force marriage, female genital mutilations, masculinity and power relations were be covered. Action plans were developed and school campaigns implemented.
GBV Response and Support Program
The primary targets of GBV are mainly women and adolescent girls, but not only are they at high risk of GBV; they also suffer exacerbated consequences as compared with what men endure. As a result of gender discrimination and their lower socio-economic status, women have fewer options and fewer resources at their disposal to avoid or escape abusive situations and to seek care or justice. It’s in this context that; we collaborate with other partners, local and international to provide wide range of psychological and legal support for traumatised children and women, which included psycho-diagnostic assessments, trauma-focused therapy, solution-focused and resource-oriented counseling, family mediation and follow-up visits.
Girl Child Education
We work in partnership with communities, local and state governments to improve girl’s access to education in northern Nigeria.
With support from Youth Hub Africa and Agency for Female Education Sokoto, we have conducted Stand with Malala Campaign in Sokoto, reaching out to young girls, parents, policy makers, teachers and community traditional leaders through the screening of “He Named Me Malala” documentary. The campaign utilized the documentary in creating awareness; generating dialogue and discussions among community leaders, parents, and girls about girls’ education rights in Sokoto and to push for free, safe and quality education for girls.
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