GRASS-ROOT INTERVENTION PROJECT AGAINST CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE (GRIP-CSA)
The goal of this project is to change gender inequitable norms, attitudes and behaviours of community members in Kuje, Gwagwalada and Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the FCT which continue to encourage sexual violence of children and particularly girls while also preventing disclosures of this crime due to the culture of silence. With this change we expect to improve access to justice and support for sexually abused children in communities and schools in these Area Councils.
This project will contribute to achieving this goal by mobilizing community leaders and members from four communities in the targeted Area Councils, into community coordination mechanisms called Community Child Protection Committees (CCPC). The CCPCs will have their capacities built to promote gender equitable norms, prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and other forms of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) and child protection issues against children. Their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards sexual violence of children and particularly girls will be improved through advocacy meetings, community dialogues, training workshops, information sessions and implementation of CCPC led awareness activities in these communities.
Local and slum communities targeted in AMAC, Kuje and Gwagwalada Area Councils of the FCT have improved Child Protection structures, attitudes and behaviours to promote gender equitable norms and practices to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse by the end of the project life.