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WARDC strengthens capacity of women’s rights groups to combat GBV

By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia
31 December 2022   |   5:17 am
To curtail rising incidences of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (GBV), with the Southwest as its target, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) has trained women rights organisations with a view to improving their capacity...

Founding Director of WARDC, Dr. Abiola Afolabi-Akiyode

To curtail rising incidences of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (GBV), with the Southwest as its target, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) has trained women rights organisations with a view to improving their capacity for work in their various communities.

With support from Trust Africa, WARDC had attendees from Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Ekiti states trained at a two-day capacity training on Organisational Development and Strategic Planning in Ikeja, Lagos.

Executive Director, WARDC, Dr. Abiola Afolabi-Akiyode stressed that the training, which also involved staff of WARDC, seeks to empower Non Government Organisations (NGOs) working on ending GBV and promoting women’s health in Nigeria to be more effective and efficient in leading policy advocacy and other interventions that can address GBV, sexual and reproductive health.

“The project will also support skills on financial management systems and contribute to the long-term goal of organisations for effective resources management to support their work and sustain their existence.”

Development consultant, Emmanuel Uche, a facilitator at the training, said, “WARDC has a partnership with local organisations to strengthen systems and structures in four target states on SGBV in communities. They have partners they are working with across board with clear focus on improving community practices going through key political and traditional power structures in the society, including the Iyalode, Iyaloja and other community response teams to stand up against SGBV.”

Uche noted that the training was focused on building the capacity of the partner institutions to grow to a level where they are able to do more sustainable work. “Most of them are local CSOs that emanated out of the desire to make a change in the society; most of them don’t know much about running an organisation, don’t know the requirements for accessing either donor support, and don’t know the best practices for organisational capacity building, funding and management for results.

“Hence we are here to build the capacity of these local organisations to effectively compete with their counterparts elsewhere and successfully access funding from international partners to do the work required in their communities. This is such that, beyond the project they are doing for WARDC, they would be able to do proposal writing, get grants, and do more sustainable work in their different areas of calling.”

Another facilitator, Thank God Okosun said the assessment he conducted showed that they have the right set of persons, organisations and skills set that could help to make a change within communities in Nigeria.

“This has also given them the opportunity to network amongst themselves to improve their activities. They will also take away a high level of leadership skill to organise themselves, hence we went through leadership processes. We also exposed them to categories of donors to enable them know the kind of donors that can fund their work. We see a lot of change that will happen but until they see that these collaborations are necessary, they will only continue at a micro level.”

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