Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) is looking for facilitators with engaging and interactive learner-centred approaches to teach and transfer practical and applicable skills that Advocates With Disabilities can utilize in their leadership and advocacy roles in their communities, and states.
In 2014, the Inclusive Friends Association conducted participatory research and documented the experiences of Women With Disabilities (WWDs) during the violent conflict in Plateau state. It was established that WWDs are twice likely to experience Gender-Based Violence. There is a dearth of data on sexual violence on WWDs in Nigeria; this is due to the invisibility of Women and Girls With Disabilities (WGWDs) during conversations and discourse on GBV. Howbeit, even when they experience multiple cases of abuse, become pregnant and speak, family members and the police do not usually believe them. So the spiral of silence continues.
During a listening session in 2018, IFA documented WWDs that have and are experiencing Gender-Based Violence in various communities in Plateau state. This corroborates the experiences of some WGWDs in Ekiti and other states in Nigeria who have also reported several Gender-Based Violence against them to Organizations of Persons with Disabilities like IFA.
Sexual Violence especially is a serious public health and human rights problem and it’s an extremely traumatic experience that affects women and girls disproportionately. Most of them are left with tendencies of committing suicide
Stigma and stereotypes play a significant role in the building of this silence, which not only keeps the incidences of GBV among WGWDs unreported or unknown but also make them invisible. The goal of the project is to build a network of Youth Advocates with Disabilities and improve their capacity to spotlight and innovatively address incidences of Gender-Based Violence against WGWDs.
The Amplifying Voices is a fellowship program that works to improve the capacity of young GBV Advocates With Disabilities across Nigeria to build a common front against GBV on Women and Girls With Disabilities. The program would facilitate them to lead independent practices against GBV in their communities and states using localized but strategic tools that would be built during the fellowship.
This is a jumpstart for young persons with disabilities to take their actions to the next level guided by strategy around issues of Gender-Based Violence and other harmful practices and stereotypes against Persons With Disabilities. Promising and passionate Young Advocates With Disabilities will be drawn from Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Ekiti, Gombe, Kastina, Lagos, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and the FCT to participate in this fellowship.
This project is centred on the global principle of “Nothing About Us Without Us”; empowering PWDs to speak on their issues. The fellowship also comes with a free mentorship to ensure that they effectively conduct their advocacy actions with effective guidance. The fellowship program would take place in the first week of March 2021.
Do you think you are passionate about building young peoples’ capacity and voices to advocate on issues that are important to them? Are you committed to working with a mentee on any project they might embark on and provide guidance? Would you love to work with young persons with disabilities in Nigeria? If your answers are Yes to the questions, then kindly send us your Expression of Interest and Comprehensive CV.
A relevant degree in social sciences, gender studies, development studies, or relevant field required. Master’s degree preferable.
At least seven (7) years professional experience, with at least five (5) years of demonstrated experience in designing appropriate interventions on Gender-Based violence, especially against women and girls, as well as carrying out advocacy on GBV.
Stated experience in working for or with civil society to drive a reform agenda.
Demonstrated effective training, capacity building and coaching skills, networking, interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, conflict, and ethical management skills.
- Demonstrable experience in gender-based violence
- Strong skill set in reporting, monitoring and evaluation
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft Office)
- Fluency in the English language.
How to apply
Please email all CVs to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the close of work on February 26, 2021.IMPORTANT: List “GBV Facilitator,” in the subject line of your email when applying.