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UN, NGO launch project to support 750 vulnerable, marginalised girls

By Justina Auta

The United Nations Trust Fund and the Tabitha Cumi Foundation launched the Flashlight Action on Girls’ Safety (FLAGS) on Monday to support 750 marginalized girls in FCT, Nassarawa and Niger states.

The foundation’s executive director, Ms. Tayo Erinle, said the project, funded by the United Nations Trust Fund, will provide access to multisectoral services to end all forms of violence against children. women and girls.

Erinle said the three-year project was relevant to this year’s International Day of the Girl-Girl, with the theme “Digital Generation-Our Generation; Digital revolution: not without girls. “

`This is a three-year project and is particularly relevant to this year’s theme of the IDGC Digital Generation-Our Generation; Digital revolution: not without a girl.

“During the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, we worked digitally with girls to reach them in their communities through radio literacy.

“But now our digitization will be done through access to justice, health and referral services for girls to support them against GBV. “

According to her, the organization is committed to enhancing the dignity of marginalized girls and women and the project focused on health, education and service delivery.

“FLAGS is a three-year project running from May 2021 to May 2024, funded by the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and Girls, and is implemented by the Talitha Cum Foundation to support 750 marginalized adolescent girls aged 10-19 in 10 communities in FCT, Nassarawa and Niger states.

“We are working with the health department, the police gender office and FIDA in all implementing states.

“We have a criterion of marginalization, we have chosen to select vulnerable girls, girls who really need support,” she said.

She further explained that 525 girls from FCT, 150 in Nassarawa and 75 in Niger States will benefit from the project.

She said vulnerable adolescent girls will also benefit from survival-focused interventions in safe spaces, access to user-friendly multisectoral services and survival well-being to support them.

“Why we have to support them is because a lot of them are naive and they don’t even understand the signal, they don’t understand what’s going on until they get hurt.

“This is why it is very important for us to inform them and give them correct information about what GBV is so that when they see or experience it, they can identify it, respond to it and report it. appropriately.

“Our approach is to establish safe spaces in the community in schools. Digitally, we are establishing virtual case management centers to allow them easy access, avoid further trauma and involve all relevant stakeholders from IFAD, health experts, IFAD, ” she said. .

According to her, they started with advocacy in communities for project support, registration of project beneficiaries and baseline assessment.

She noted that the beneficiaries were orphans, people living with a disability (PWD), school dropouts, domestic helpers and teenage mothers.

In addition, Amarachi Chukwu, Deputy Program Officer, International Federation of Women Lawyers (IFAD), said the association is leading advocacy in schools and media on the harms of gender-based violence.

“Even the judges know these cases are overwhelmed, they are doing their best to make sure the cases are resolved as quickly as possible.

“They are no longer delaying cases, especially cases of sexual assault and rape of girls,” she said.

She said setting up special courts to deal with GBV cases will help speed up prosecutions and ensure survivors get justice, which will act as a deterrent to others.

“The longer these cases are delayed, the more traumatized the survivor becomes. But as soon as the survivor gets justice, he gets better, ”she said.

Likewise, Ms. Chioma Ukachi, representing the Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs, stressed the need for the girl to explore her potential as the male.

“Every little girl has a dream just like her male counterparts and should therefore be provided with a conducive environment free from violence and discrimination to achieve her dream,” she said.

Ukachi therefore reiterated the ministry’s commitment to implement policies that will protect and respect the rights of the Nigerian girl child and bridge the inequality gap.

In addition, Ms. Fehintola Aguda, Non-Governmental Association for Literacy Support Services (NOGALSS), highlighted the need for greater awareness to encourage girls to break the culture of silence and speak out against violence based. on gender.

“Most of our daughters are subjected to the culture of silence. They don’t allow you to talk, the girls are restricted.

“And that’s what we’re trying to break down so that you can be released,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, 12-year-old Maria Sunday thanked the organizations for their support, which she said would enable her to fulfill her dreams of becoming a doctor.

Source: NAN

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