Voices 4 Change is a programme funded by UK Aid, working to strengthen the enabling environment for gender equality in Nigeria. It commenced implementation on 1 October 2013 and will run until 2017. The programme combines learning from development, learning from communications, behavior change and social marketing. V4C takes a fresh look at young Nigerians as individuals, not just ‘beneficiaries’. The programme capitalizes on current trends in Nigeria, such as the growing access to digital/mobile technology, while seeking also to change some of the more entrenched formal and informal barriers that prevent girls and young women realising their potential.
While V4C’s vision is change that benefits all of Nigeria’s adolescent girls and young women, including the poorest and most vulnerable, it does not set out to directly reach and benefit a sub-set of these. Rather, the ambition is to equip a wide range of young women and men to ‘speak up and speak out’ to challenge gender stereotypes and discriminatory social norms.
LEADS-NIGERIA in partnership with Voices for Change (V4C) is a five year transformational change programme funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID). V4C is working with four states in Nigeria namely: Kano, Kaduna, Enugu and Lagos and four institutions respectively in all the states. LEADS-NIGERIA is its partner in Kaduna State working with four tertiary institutions which includes: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, Kaduna State University and Kaduna Polytechnic.
The key component of the programme is the Purple Physical Safe Spaces (forum where adolescent girls and women, and adolescent boys and men could interact and dialogue on how to address the factors perpetrating issues affecting women such as violence against girls and women, decision making, negotiating skills, leadership skills etc). This component of the V4C programme target young people (male and female) aged 16-25 years in post secondary institutions. The programme officially commenced in April 2014.
Since the commencement of the programme in April, 2014. Over 1900 students have been trained (989 females and 930 males) through the Purple Physical safe spaces programme in the institutions. The Purple physical safe spaces are made up of 12 sessions which make up a complete round.
V4C project came to an end in September 2017 with a national close out programme in Abuja