The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) with support from the Ford Foundation under the Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) project has concluded the mentorship of two hundred young women in four project focal states of Ebonyi, Ekiti, Kebbi and Rivers. The mentorship seeks to provide a platform for mentoring young women to effectively mobilize a critical mass of feminist and transformational leaders towards transforming power relations between women and men by addressing the root causes of gender inequality and violence against women and girls. Fifty young women were mentored in each of the project’s four focal states. The mentorship which commenced with a three-day capacity building workshop in each of the four states in 2021 and continued with a mentorship session for six months was rounded up with a one closeout interactive session in each of the four states between 5 April and 11 April 2022.
The closeout session which served as a milestone to graduate the mentees was extraordinarily rich with experience sharing and information exchange.
Some of the mentees shared their experiences as follows:
Obasi Doris a mentee in Ebonyi state: “the E.V.A.W.G program has improved my communication skills and provided me with a mentor I can rely on. It has also impacted my community positively because we have carried out different sensitization programs”
Ibimina Willie-Pepple a mentee in Rivers state: “the training has helped me with a lot of information which has improved my ability to speak up from an informed perspective on gender-based violence in my community and the training has enlightened me on the difference between gender and sex”
Kehinde Ifeoluwa Oluwabukola a mentee in Ekiti State “The Ending Violence Against Women and Girls programme has taught me to understand my rights as a woman and what society expects of me. It has improved my knowledge of self-awareness knowing that as a woman I can be more and do more”.
Aishatu Abubakar a mentee in Kebbi State “The mentorship programme has increased my capacity in the area of advocacy, sensitization and mobilization”.