Through a Five (5) workshops spread over four (4) weeks since 13 January to 7 February in Adamawa, Abuja, Cross River and Nasarawa (Keffi and Lafia), the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) with support from the Ford Foundation recently concluded the training of 200 young women. to raise their voices towards ending violence against women and girls under the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) project. These workshops also provided selected young women with insight into the feasibility of engaging and initiating preventive actions and addressing inequitable gender power dynamics, with the explicit aim of empowering young women to take action to advance the women and girls rights through mentorship.
The capacity building workshops were organized with a mix of presentation of evidence, concepts, and recommendations as well as inter-active and participatory learning exercises, contemporary case studies and exchange of experiences through group-work. Participants applied lessons leant to develop a small set of follow up actions that they can apply at the community levels in response to violence against women and girls. As such, project eventualities are expected to be grounded in challenging the social and structural norms and discourses that underpin VAWG and feminism, and in documenting the experiences, perspectives, and insights of these women and girls.
Mentors with vast experience and from diverse background have consequently been selected to mentor these young women after the workshops.