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IMPROVED ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND SUPPORT FOR SEXUALLY ABUSED CHILDREN THROUGH THE INVOLVEMENT OF GIRLS IN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ADVOCACY EDUCATION

A project funded by the Justice for All (J4A) program of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Over 4409 girls including 258 with special needs from the 11 project schools in Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area Councils were reached with information to break the silence and report sexual abuse. Girl Clubs were  established and strengthened in all 11 schools as safe spaces to provide a confidential environment were  girls can make confidential disclosures, receive support and organize peer led awareness activities to further break the silence of sexual abuse in their communities. Over 200 girls disclosed abuse and received varying forms of counseling and support. 303 of the girls reached, including 73 girls with special needs, were trained as child sexual abuse peer educators.

MOBILISING COMMUNITIES TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST GIRLS IN LOCAL DISTRICTS OF ABUJA MUNICIPAL AREA COUNCIL

Under this 2 year project, Community members and leaders in Dushe Apo and Wumba local Communities in Abuja Municipal Area Council of the FCT are being assisted to develop local mechanisms, referral mechanisms and action plans to address sexual based violence against girls (SBVAG) in their communities by February 2019. The local peer leaders will also be enabled to develop referral mechanisms which will link survivors of sexual violence to the required multi-sectoral services which includes: shelter and protection, medical, legal and psycho-social support services.

In and out of school girls will have their capacities built as peer educators of SBVAG and adolescent reproductive health. They will be trained to assert their rights, recognize sexual exploitation and violence, disclose abuse and share this information with their peers. Girl Clubs will also be created as safe spaces in the target schools for continuous capacity building, mentor-ship and confidential disclosures.

YOUTH ADVOCATES AGAINST CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Under this project Youth Corps members under the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) are trained as Advocates to raise awareness about child sexual abuse in grassroots communities and link them up to relevant service providers. It is piloting in the FCT and Benue and is a partnership between SOAR and the NYSC on the one hand and Network of Civil Society Organisations against Child Trafficking Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), North Central on the other. It is being funded by the Embassy of France in Nigeria.