Rising Child Foundation trains 25 Champions on Gender Based Violence Advocacy
….. Meets with stakeholders and reiterates commitment to localized solutions.
Sequel to her press conference on the 4th of May, lunching the StampOutGBV project, the Rising Child Foundation trained 25 young females known as GBV Champions on GBV Advocacy at dHub innovation center, Tanke, Ilorin.
In the two days workshop that signified the beginning of their advocacy, the Champions were trained on GBV advocacy by founders and directors of Non-Government Organizations who are the forefront of GBV advocacy on the localized ways in which they can carry out their advocacy.
Representing the Executive Director, Rising Child Foundation (RCF), Mrs. Hussain Taibat at the GBV workshop, Mr. Abideen Olasupo congratulated the Champions on being selected from amongst hundereds of applicants.
He further thanked them for their commitment and zeal towards eradicating one of the most common societal vice that has for long been seen as a norm, gender based violence. He stressed on the various effects the rise of GBV has had on the growth of the society and the need to put an end to it.
“The task before us is no doubt huge and daunting, however, I believe that with our collective deliberation and action, they are not insurmountable” were his final words of address to the Champions on the first day of the workshop.
Speaking on GBV advocacy within the confines of the law, the Director of Theios Foundation, barrister Anthonia Omenogho emphasized on educating the people using the VAPP act and how to seek justice for victims.
The founder of Olive Community Development Initiative (OCDI), Oluwatoni Adeleke speaking to the GBV Champions at workshop gave an holistic review of what GBV advocacy in the state has been like and effective methods to employ to ensure effectiveness in their campaign.
“In the 21st century, social media is the most powerful tool to bring aout awareness” were the words of Mrs. Folashade Aransiola, the Executive Director, Blue Sapphire Women Leadership Network at the GBV Workshop.
The Champions had a real life stimulation exercise, where they were to come up with practical steps to tackle gender based violence in various communities in the state.
They were then split into three groups, covering the three senatorial districts in Kwara state, where they would be carrying out their GBV advocacy, employing domesticated methods and leveraging on the use of social media to drive awareness and seek justice.
To close the workshop, the Head of Training and Development, Mr. Ghazali Abdulmuizz wished the Champions well in their advocacy, reiterated the support of the organization to every of their activities and urged that the Champions continue to be change makers in the communities and the world at large.