CHD CONTRIBUTES TO MONITORING CEDAW WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION PROJECT TITLE: ‘A MODEL FOR GRASSROOTS MONITORING OF CEDAW IN NIGERIA’
The Government of Ekiti State passed the Ekiti State Gender-Based Violence Prohibition Law on 25th November, 2011. This project seeks to support the implementation of specific provisions of CEDAW relating to gender-based violence and discriminatory practices, enhance dialogue between Government and civil society, joint partnership in monitoring the law and strengthen civil society interactions with other government institutions involved in promoting and protecting rights. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the promotion of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Nigeria especially the provisions relating to gender-based violence and discriminatory practices. The specific objectives are to build the consciousness of 50 young women in 2 LGAs in Ekiti State (Moba and Emure LGAs) on their fundamental human rights and promote their agency in seeking redress for violations; to build the consciousness of 50 women advocates in 2 LGAs in Ekiti State (Moba and Emure LGAs) on their fundamental human rights and promote their agency in seeking redress for violations; to enhance the capacity of Local Monitoring Committees (LMCs) in Moba and Emure LGAs (made up of the following local council line departments: Community Development, Education, Health, Planning, Research and Statistics) towards the implementation of the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Law in Ekiti State and to advocate for the support of key Ekiti State line ministries, departments and agencies for the action, specifically the Moba Local Government Area Executives, Ministry of Women Affairs, the Ekiti State Gender-Based Violence Management Committee, the judiciary and police. The major activities outlined for the project are advocacy visits to stakeholders at the LGA and state levels, mobilization of all stakeholders, assessment of LGA gender machineries, training of 50 young women artisans from Moba and Emure LGAs, of women advocates and local monitoring committees, creation of platforms for interactions between the young women and women advocates, periodic meetings for women advocates on monitoring and effective strategies, provision of technical support to Local Monitoring Committees and bi-annual dialogues of local monitoring committees. The estimated results include an increase in the number of young women and women empowered to promote and protect their fundamental human rights using the CEDAW and Ekiti State GBV Law as tools, enhanced capacity of Local Monitoring Committees, the Ministry of Women Affairs, the Gender-Based Violence Management Committee, the judiciary and police in Ekiti State to achieve their mandates and ensure the implementation of the Ekiti State GBV Law in Ekiti State, increased reporting, rehabilitation and re-integration of survivors. CHD expects to scale up the project to other LGAs in the State and to other States. The project will engage boys and men to reduce gender-based violence.
The Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) Project is a joint donor funded project designed to strengthen the democratic character of Nigerian political processes and outcomes.
Report on a workshop organised recently by the Centre for Human Development (CHD) and sponsored by the United Nations Development fund UNDP) towards ensuring voters’ education in Nigeria.
The competition is open to young women and men between ages 20-40 years to develop skills in writing, designing and creating short plays, essays and poetry and to stimulate their interest in issues regarding the changing roles of women in society.
Other news and information about CHD
- CHD scaled up its program on gender-based violence with support from the European Union in 2014.
- The UN Global Compact registered CHD as a member in 2015. It will work with the local network in Nigeria to promote gender equitable business models and STEM education for girls.
- The 2016 Intergenerational Gender Dialogue will focus on Women’s Share of Growth.