Mobilizing Communities to seek Justice for Gender Based Violence
In December 2015, Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP) and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) entered into partnership for the implementation of the said project as implementing and supporting partners respectively. The project seeks to reach 90 community members of men, women and youth from different structures in Eti-Osa. It also targets to reach government institutions and media through advocacy, sensitization, capacity building. The project adopts the WRAHP simplified version of the Domestic Violence Law 2007 of Lagos State as a working tool
The project was focused on community awareness raising intervention to generate community based-response against Domestic and Gender Based Violence in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos state. The project is titled:Improving Gender Equalities and Strengthening the Legal Rights of Women and Young People to improve the legal empowerment of women and young people against domestic and gender based violence and access to services by survivors in Eti-Osa.
Ongoing, WRAHP has mobilized 10 community stakeholders for project inception which includes Chairmen of the Community Development Committees (CDCs) in Eti-Osa; Heads of Departments of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation units within the local government; religious and community leaders at various levels. Trained 53 community members (30men and 23women) on the human rights, domestic and gender based violence, systems of law and community mobilization for positive action, among other things. WRAHP has so far reached more than 15 communities on this project and still taking on territories as it raises community volunteers as agents of social change.