16 DAYS OF ACTIVITIES (NOVEMBER 25TH -DECEMBER 10TH) 2018
As part of the activities outlined for the “Advocacy Project on Improving Judicial Process for Implementation of the Domestic Violence Laws of Lagos State” supported by RISE UP, Project Alert paid advocacy visits to the Chief Judge of Lagos State, and the Lagos State Police Commissioner. read more
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2021
In commemoration of International Women’s Day, 2021, Project Alert, an implementing partner of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Project in Nigeria, organised a Refresher Training for members of the SGBV Community Surveillance Teams it set up in nine (9) LGAs across the two senatorial zones in Lagos. The LGAs are: Lagos Mainland (Yaba), Ikorodu, Kosofe, Alimosho, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Oshodi-Isolo and Agege. read more
TWO-DAY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACCY TRAINING
Project Alert on Violence Against Women participated in two-day training on Capacity Strengthening and Support for CSOs on Legislative Advocacy and Engagements organized by Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL) in partnership with UN Women. The training held on the 8th-9th 0f February 2021 at Dover Hotel, Aromire, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. Ms. Jenifatu Yakubu, Project Alert’s Programme Assistant (Legal) participated in the training. The training acquainted participants with legislative processes and strategic engagement in legislative advocacy for the protection of women and girls’ rights.
CONVENING FOR SGBV SHELTER IN NIGERIA ON COVID19 PROTOCOLS.
Project Alert on Violence Against women with support from ActionAid Nigeria organized a one day convening for SGBV shelter providers in Lagos on COVID-19 shelter protocol on 16th February 2021 at Suru Express Hotel, Ikeja.
The convening had in attendance non – governmental organizations that offer shelter services to SGBV survivors such as NAPTIP, Basic Right Counsel Initiative, Calabar, Echoes of Mercy & Hope Foundation, Cece Yara Foundation, Project Safe, Black Diamond Support Foundation, Real Woman Foundation, Dayspring Help Ministry and government agencies ( Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs & DSVRT). The objective of the convening was to discuss and validate the COVID-19 protocol for sexual & gender-based violence shelters developed by Project Alert.
Vivian Effem- Bassey who represented the Women’s Right Programme Manager Nkechi Ilochi-Omekedo gave the opening remarks. In her speech, she commended Project Alert for taking the initiative to come up with such a document that will serve as a guideline for shelter service providers at this time of a global pandemic. She further challenged the participants to ensure that they validate the protocol to meet international standard.
The draft COVID19 Protocol was presented by Mrs. Josephine Effah- Chukwuma. In her introduction, she stated that globally, these are uncertain and unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 pandemic second wave hitting hard. The daily infection rate in Nigeria as in other parts of the world is steadily increasing. She highlighted the fact that during the lockdown, women and girls got locked-in with “the enemy” and reported incidences of domestic and sexual violence increased with survivors seeking shelter services. This need for shelter, she added, continued into post lockdown when the virus had entered community spread and there was a lot of fear and uncertainty about capacity to continue providing this much needed service; the risk of COVID spread in the shelter etc. Despite these concerns she added, some shelters kept functioning.
She however noted that important as it shelters remain open to women and girls in dire need of a safe place; it also important to strategize on how best NGOs with shelters, can operate safely without staff and residents being infected with COVID. This she said, informed the development of the COVID-19 Protocol for SGBV Shelters.
After the introduction, she took participants through the draft protocol which had the following sections:
• Key Shelter Measures
• Staff Safety Measures
• COVID-19 & Pre-Admission Screening Practices
• Shelter Residents with COVID-19,
• Mobility (Movements) & Shelter Residents
• Residents Non-Compliance with Protocols.
Thereafter, the participants were divided into two groups, each group were asked to go through the draft protocol in order to discuss in details the content and make comments/suggestions to further enrich the document