Legal Awareness For Nigeria Women (LANW)

Stop- Violence Against Women In Politics (Vawip)

Project Background

LANW with support from NDI implemented the Stop Violence Against Women in Politics (VAWIP) campaign for duration of four months (November 2018 – February 2019). The Stop-VAWIP campaign worked to ensure that immediate services are available for VAWIP survivors who may not otherwise have access to the social and legal assistance they need. The program also addresses the gender data gap and strengthens the capacity of domestic election observers to recognize, monitor, mitigate and report violence in Kaduna State and also built the capacity of the observers on how to mobilize and engage. Through continued and thoughtful communication and outreach, the Stop-VAWIP campaign has increased community and public awareness about violence against women. Through continuous advocacy and engagement, the Stop-VAWIP has form a synergy between the security agencies and all electoral stakeholders in Kaduna state.

The Stop-VAWIP campaign also established a Survivor Service Centre which received over three hundred calls on its hotline. The Centre served as the central location for all operations and including where incidents of violence against women from two hotline were tracked and crucial support was bridged to survivors through collaboration between the security services, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), and other service providers.

This project paved for another intervention on the Implementation of the VAPP Law and the Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Policy in Kaduna State. It seeks to increase participation by marginalized groups in political process through: engaging stakeholders to institutionalize the provision of support services for VAWIP survivors (legal, psychological, medical, emergency shelter, dispute resolution and; to advocate for the implementation of the Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law and implementation to the Gender and Social Inclusion policy in the State which promotes women’s participation in politics and governance and to also create awareness on violence against women in politics, and proffer strategies to mitigate occurrences. 

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