By Oswald Agwu
The Women International League for Freedom and Peace, WILFP, has trained over 200 participants on project designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation towards ending Violence Against Women and Girls, VAWG, in Ebonyi State.
The participants comprising Women right groups, civil society and Community based Organisations, as well as women rights advocates were selected from two focal local government areas in the State: Onicha and Ohaozara.
The 2-day training, a day for each of the local government areas, was held in Uburu, the headquarters of Ohaozara Local government area
Speaking to newsmen on the motivation for the training, the Country Director, WILFP- Nigeria, Professor Joy Onyesoh, explained that proper understanding of perculiarities in culture, religion and traditions driving GBV in any given environment was necessary for impacting programme designs and implementation.
Onyesoh, represented by the Ebonyi Project Officer, Oluchi Esther Nwite, noted that by building the capacities of women and girls in the grassroots to design their own programs, implement them, monitor and evaluate the impact of their interventions, it would greatly advance the fight against VAWG in the country.
Onyesoh added: “It is important to know that there are peculiarities associated with culture, environment and religion in different areas.
“If women and girls get proper understanding of what the issues are: the kind of violence that affect them as a people in their locality, they would not just sit to talk over it, they would take steps to embark on process or processes that would help address those issues.”
Taking participants through the training modules, the facilitators: Mrs Dumka David and Rita Kigbara elaborated on the steps to project designs, planning and execution, stressing that monitoring and evaluation enables the implementer to access the impact of his programme as well as determine strengths and weaknesses for future planning.
In an interview, David summed: “Advocates are not just supposed to design programmes for programme sake.
“Their program must be evidence based.
“In the course of the training, they have been groomed on how to collect data, apply the information they have collected to solve the problems which is the intervention they seek to introduce.”
“Through this program, we believe that their knowledge have been enhanced in the area of developing and designing their programmes.
“In the long run, we will have amplified voices; more people doing the same thing using different programmes to address Gender based violence and VAWG.”
Some of the participants who spoke to newsmen, including Mrs Agnes Nworie, Lorieth Nwafor and a community woman leader, Lydia Okoro, expressed satisfaction with the content of the training.
They unanimously agreed that the knowledge would greatly enhance their actions and strategies in ending gender based violence, especially against women and girls in their communities of operation.
WILFP, a Nongovernmental Organisation is implementing the United Nation women spotlight project on Ending violence against women and girls, through capacity strengthening support for CSOs and women’s movement.