Education as a Vaccine in Collaboration with Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls with support from ActionAid Nigeria carried out a two (2) day training on addressing gender-based violence in tertiary institutions.
The training was aimed at strengthening the roles and capacities of female student leaders on sexual and gender-based violence, advocacy, social accountability, and leadership, and to strengthen linkages to the Heads of Gender Centers to serve as champions and mentors to female students.
The training targeted selected female student leaders who are members of the association of Nigeria Female Students and heads of gender centers from tertiary institutions in FCT, Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, and Kogi state.
During the training discussions were on school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV), prevention, and response to school-based GBV, Power dynamics, advocacy and the systems available in their various institutions to address such incidences.
The participants of this training were introduced to the My Question & Answer services, a youth-friendly, and non-judgmental platform by EVA to enable AYP free access to SRHR information and services, our partners also introduced them to different online platforms where they can make anonymous report complaints of violence or harassment happening in their various institutions.
The Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation introduced the “The Gender Justice Whistle Blowing Platform, a platform managed in collaboration with Education as a Vaccine (EVA), technology-enabled and designed to allow confidential reporting, case tracking, perpetrator matching/Information escrow, policy education, and data generation in all Institutions. Students and staff of tertiary institutions who are victims of sexual harassment can anonymously report to case managers of their various institutions, there was a review of the a website and a tutorial on how students can navigate the app.
Gender Mobile Initiative gave an overview of what they have been doing in different Nigeria campuses, they introduced the students to the campuspal app an application that gives everyone in the campus community a sense of shared responsibility in preventing and responding to sexual assault through several user-friendly features such as the safe space for disclosure, nuanced and respectful social interaction and support to survivors, they were encouraged to enlighten their peers about the app.