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WILPF Nigeria organized this training for CSOs, women’s groups and individual advocates in Ebonyi and Cross River state in the month of June 2021 being an implemented by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Nigeria, being an implementing partner on the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative.
Training Objectives:
The training objectives were;
1. To strengthen CSOs, women’s groups and individual advocates on how to design, implement/manage interventions to end violence against women and girls (EVAWG), and promote SRHR’s for women and girls including engagement with women.
2. CSOs/ Women’s groups, Individual advocates to have a better knowledge on how to monitor interventions to end violence against women and girls (EVAWG), and promote SRHR’s for women and girls including engagement with women.
3. CSOs, women groups and individual advocates who might be potential recipients of small grants are better informed on basic grant application tips on how to access and seek for funds on interventions on ending VAWG, and promote SRHR for women and girls in the states.
Training Methodology:
The methodology used in delivering the training are:
• Individual Pre- and Post-Training Assessment
• Group and individual activities
• Group and individual presentations
• Plenary discussions
Training Modules and Delivery:
I. Module 1:
Here the participants were introduced to the concept of intersectionality and multiple forms of discrimination with a clear distinction made between the two terms. While intersectionality referred to a prism for understanding certain kinds of problems that women and girls face and the ways that multiple forms of inequality or disadvantages sometimes compound themselves and create obstacles within conventional ways of thinking about different issues multiple forms of discrimination referred to discrimination against one person on the basis of more than one ground. For instance, a Christian disabled woman may experience discrimination on the grounds of her religion, disability, and gender. Hence, ‘multiple discrimination’ connotes the varied inequalities that women face due to their multiple identities.
Because People experience discrimination on the basis of a number of factors, such as their gender, race, ability and sexual orientation it is important to design interventions that will address VAWG and promote access to SRHR using an intersectional approach.
As part of promoting learning at the training Participants in groups of 4 were assigned case studies which they discussed and designed interventions and created implementation plans for the responses they designed. Plenary discussions of each group work provided further understanding of the module.
The module also focused on monitoring and evaluation of the interventions identified by participants with basic clarifications on the difference between monitoring and evaluation, their importance and the benefits of carrying them out on any intervention.
Participants were guided to generate indicators at the inputs and results levels which they would need to develop a monitoring and evaluation plans for projects.
II. Module 2:
This module exposed participants to how they can access funds for their interventions. They were exposed to steps including developing comprehensive and realistic budgets, exploring grants and funding opportunities, writing successful funding applications and also strategies for developing good relationships with donors and its importance among other useful tips for applying for grants which included Reading the guidance notes, having a clearplan, paying attention to detail, keeping it short and simple, doing your maths, using pictures, asking for feedback, being realistic among others.