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It’s no new fact that having a well designed and implemented Multisectoral programmes targeted at response and prevention of GBV and related cases is important to ensure that all survivors of GBV (domestic and sexual violence) receive a comprehensive response from service providers such that meets their needs from the first point of contact onwards. It was on this premise that WILPF Nigeria, an implementing partner in the EU-UN funded Spotlight Initiative organized a 2-day training to build the capacity of the relevant institutions to have a better understanding in their design and implementation of multi sectoral programmatic interventions on ending VAWG/SGBV/HP and in the promotion of SRHR.
 The training was held for over 50 participants from relevant institutions and took place in Ebonyi and Cross River State in the month of March 2021. The training was also delivered using relevant methodologies that included group exercises and case studies.
Objectives of the Training:
1.To build the capacity of the relevant institutions to have a better understanding in their design and implementation of multi sectoral programmatic interventions on ending VAWG/SGBV/HP and in the promotion of SRHR.
2.To increase the knowledge base of stakeholders on basic terminologies associated with SGBV/HP/SRHR/VAWG.
3.To have a better understanding on coordination and multi-sectoral approaches to SGBV/SRHR/HP/VAWG.
Training Methodology:
The methodology used in delivering the training are:
Pre-training and post-training assessments
Group and individual exercises
Group and individual presentations
Plenary sessions
Case studies
Training Modules and Delivery:
Module 1:
The concept of Gender was explained in its entirety as the session tasked them to state the biological, cultural, social differences/similarities between men and women. Also, a catalogue of Gender myths was provided for discourse while defining VAWG/SGBV/HP/SRHR. Information was shared on the causes, types, effects of GBV, the victims as well as perpetrators of this violence. Participants received first-hand information on the existing laws in place that protect and promote the rights of women and girls as well as those already domesticated or awaiting the Governors assent like the VAPP Act in Cross River State. The training was participatory in nature and encouraged feedbacks and contributions from the Stakeholders of incidents witnessed by them either at their work place or otherwise in order to determine their ability to distinguish these terminologies.
The second segment first revealed the concept of Intersectionality and multiple forms of Discrimination to enable them appreciate and analyze the various oppressions faced by women and girls and for better contextualization. And so this informed them on their role in proffering solutions to the ordeals so experienced. In addition, they worked in groups with the use of a Case study to design Programme, using the multisectoral approach. Their presentations were noted with keen interest.
Module 2:
Following participants understanding of the concept of gender and related terminologies associated with SGBV, VAWG/HP and SRHR the use of group exercises and case studies were deployed to facilitate understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various Institutions in the response and prevention of SGBV, VAWG/HP and promotion of SRHR. The value and appreciation of every contribution from the various institutions as exemplified in their presentations in response to GBV cases became obvious and the need for coordination was also made evident.
The second part of this module got participants acquainted with professional standards and guiding principles for working with women and girls who are victims/survivors of GBV cases. It also further provided understanding of the need for coordination and multisectoral approaches to SGBV/HP/SRHR/VAWG and SRHR.
Participants were acquainted with the referral pathways for women and girls that are victims/survivors of GBV cases and referral pathways for other GBVs that do not involve physical intrusion or injury such as forced marriages or denial of resources, properties or services.
The pre-training and post-training assessments of participants and the quality of feedback during and after the training provided sufficient grounds to conclude that the objectives of the training were met and capacity of participants enhanced to design and implement multi sectoral programmatic interventions on ending VAWG/SGBV/HP and in promoting SRHR.