FIDA Nigeria Strategic Roundtable Dialogue for CSOs On Gender Responsive Bills and The 2023 General Elections
On the 14th of June 2022, FIDA Nigeria conducted a Strategic Roundtable Dialogue for Civil Society Organizations On Gender Responsive Bills and The 2023 General Elections, An activity under the ActionAid We-You Project.
Discussions were centred around women and youth participation in politics with a panel session on gender-responsive bills, the outcome of the Federal High Court judgement on 35% affirmative action for women and their implications for women’s participation in politics. Also, strategies on the way forward since the passage of the gender-responsive bills were discussed. The panellists included Madam Ene Ede, Lois Auta and Madam Benjamin Dayo.
Some points highlighted during the panel session include:
– The need for Civil society organizations to engage with the media for broader reach by demystifying the concept of Gender through step-down trainings, simplification of the laws, statistics representation via info graphs, and regular publication on issues as they affect the right of women.
– Leaving no one behind by engaging women at all levels of the society in advocacy.
– The need to start the groundwork for women interested in vying for elective offices in the 2027 general elections.
Upon conclusion of the panel session, strategies on ensuring the inclusion of women in governance processes post-2023 general elections was also discussed.
FIDA Implemented a Two-Day Capacity Building Workshop for Traditional & Faith Leaders across Three States in Northern Nigeria
FIDA Nigeria, under the @SCALENigeria project implemented a two-day Capacity Building Workshop in Abuja, for Traditional & Faith Leaders across three states in Northern Nigeria (Bauchi, Katsina, and Abuja) to discuss preventive and responsive strategies on issues of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Child Early/Forced Marriage, and Trafficking in Persons. Trainees are to serve as paralegals and as SGBV/CEFM/CTIP advocates in their various communities.
FIDA Nigeria with funding from the Palladium Group with the support of USAID under the @nigeriascale Project is conducting a 3-day Capacity Building Training on SGBV & CEFM Prevention and Response for selected Northern Based Civil Society Organisations in Bauchi State.
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FIDA Nigeria attended a meeting organized by Ms. Soulef Guessoum, West & Central Africa Regional Advisor Governance & Women’s political participation UN Women at the UN House on 28th February 2022 on measures & collaborative efforts to mitigate violence against women during elections in Nigeria.
Both Organisations resolved to stem electoral violence through systemic approaches in their interventions ahead of the staggered elections in Osun & Ekiti State and the general elections in 2023. FIDA was duly represented by her Country Vice /National President: Amina Suzana Agbaje who was accompanied by National Ex-Officio, Rhoda P. Tyoden and Programme Manager, Fikih Obaro.
FIDA Nigeria holds a 3-day National Executive Officers & Staff Retreat in Abuja, following the end of tenure of the previous administration and the inauguration of the new National Executive Committee; this affords the officers the opportunity of interacting as well with the new Fida Nigeria Program Officers.
Furthermore, the Retreat was aimed at building the capacity of staff both at the State and National level, to familiarise them with FIDA Nigeria’s goals, policies and her operations including strengthening their capacity for effective engagement and project implementation at State levels.
In attendance were the National Executive ably led by the Country Vice President Mrs. Amina Suzanah Agbaje, Chief Mrs. Victoria Awomolo SAN who delivered an educative paper on Effective Teamwork and Chief Moji Makanjuola MFR, who also delivered an intriguing paper on Effective Communication, Operational Skills and Tools.
The Retreat also enabled a Strategy Session; it involved departmental presentations by various heads, thereafter orientation for the newly elected officers & staff. Day one was indeed educative and engaging.
ActionAid Nigeria, in implementing the Women Voice and Leadership project, supported by Global Affairs Canada, was at FIDA National Secretariat for a mentorship visit.
The session is conducted periodically by AAN for her grantees.
During the session, the Organisation shares her challenges in establishing administrative systems and structures as well as programming while AAN proposes solutions to them.
The session also builds the capacity of staff to carry out their respective tasks.
FIDA Nigeria with the support of ActionAid and funding from Global Affairs Canada held a three-day appraisal/review meeting of FIDA Nigeria’s 5-year strategic plan. This is geared towards improved organizational performance in achieving FIDA goals, vision, and mission in serving humanity.
FIDA Nigeria, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, distributed a variety of food and other items as palliatives to indigent women in Aso Pada community in Maraba border settlement between Nasarawa and Abuja on 11th of June, 2020
The occasion also served as an Advocacy visit to the community as they were sensitized on topical issues such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), Defilement & Rape; also on the Covid19 Pandemic and the need for compliance with Federal Ministry of Health guide lines
The FIDA Nigeria County Vice President, Rhoda Prevail Tyoden while addressing the women emphasized the need for parents to be more watchful over their children/wards to prevent such evil acts on them and encouraged victims and their parents/guardians to also speak out rather than covering it up.
The Paramount need to likewise educate the boy child on the evils and dangers of GBV was pointed out. FIDA Nigeria, Abuja State Branch also attended the outreach/advocacy visit and ably supported FIDA Nigeria.
FIDA Nigeria protecting, sensitizing and supporting the vulnerable in our communities.
FIDA Nigeria with the support of ActionAid and funding from Global Affairs Canada, is facilitating a training for Small Scale Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria (SWOFON) on access to land, land use and inheritance rights of women in the FCT. This training is to enlighten these women on how they can acquire land to promote their objectives and to charge them on how to be financially independent in order to reduce the incidence of economic violence.
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