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Diamond Bank, WARIF partner on fight against incidence of women violation


Kemi DaSilva-Ibru

Diamond Bank Plc, in partnership with Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) has introduced an initiative to support efforts aimed at preventing gender-based violence and abuse against women in Nigeria.

The project which is expected to stem the increasing rate of abuse and violence against women involves educating secondary school girls between the ages of 13-16 years with specially designed curriculum for students, parents and teachers from selected schools in Lagos.

About 200 schoolgirls are expected to participate in the pilot phase of the training programme.

In a statement by the bank, the Head, Corporate Communications Division of the Bank, Chioma Afe noted that women form a strong socioeconomic group in Nigeria, adding that stemming the increasing rate of abuse and violence against women will help in building a better and peaceful society.

According to her, Diamond Bank is very passionate about helping women realize their dreams and live better lives, adding that the partnership with WARIF is an is an opportunity to re-orientate and educate women and young students on issues around gender-based violence.

“Women’s wealth and wellbeing form a core part of the bank’s approach towards corporate sustainability and WARIF’s efforts provide a good platform through which to empower not only Nigerian women but the younger generation.

“We believe that educating women is a strong economic value addition to the society, this informs our decision to empower them through result-focused specially designed curriculum that will help equip these young girls with the required knowledge and tools to face the future and prevent gender violence”, she said.

The founder of WARIF, Dr Kemi DaSilva Ibru expressed gratitude to the management of Diamond Bank, noting that improving well being and financial stability of women and children are very important in building a healthy society.

Dr Ibru stated that although the initiative started last year, the knowledge gained has been very impactful, especially in helping to generate useful data critical to the successful reduction of gender-based violence in Nigeria, adding that creating more awareness on how to effectively tackle gender violence menace in schools will yield even greater results.

“We are extremely excited about our recent partnership with Diamond Bank. With their support and sponsorship, we are going back to schools in the Lagos State District and will expand the WARIF Educational School Program WESP to include an additional number of affected adolescent school and children.

“This will provide the necessary tool-kit that is vital in educating and re-orienting the mindset of our future generation of young men and women and will put an end to gender-based violence in our society.”

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