Legislative Advocacy on Gender-Based Violence & Women with Disability in Cross River & Akwa-Ibom States

 

The Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Women with Disabilities project of Project Alert and the #StoptheBlame campaign were both launched in the last half of 2017, to address the twin issues of violence against women/girls with disabilities and the blaming of women/girls for acts of violence committed against them.

In December 2018, Project Alert with support from OSIWA, scaled the project up, by extending it to Akwa Ibom and Cross River States respectively. The first phase of the project lasted for twelve (12) months.

The second phase of the project is legislative advocacy to ensure that both Cross River & Akwa-Ibom States, pass laws protecting the rights of persons with disability, especially women with disabilities in both states.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. Reviewing the disability bills of both states
  2. Engaging and sensitizing legislators on GBV and women with disability
  3. Advocating for the passage of the bills by the state houses of assembly and governors of both states; and where they have been passed carrying out sensitization/capacity building.

LIST OF ACTIVITIES FOR SECOND PHASE OF PROJECT

  1. One-Day Project Pre-Commencement Stakeholders Workshop (Calabar & Uyo)
  2. One-Day IEC Messages Development Workshop (Lagos)
  3. 2-Days Residential Legislative Advocacy Workshop for Legislators on GBV and Women with Disability
  4. Media Campaigns
  5. Public Rallies
  6. Post Legislators Advocacy Workshop Follow Up

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • Cross River State – Basic Rights Counsel Initiative
  • Akwa-Ibom State – FIDA