Amplifying Voices

The mirror
  • Imagine a violence-free world where women and girls with disabilities leave and lead their full potentials.
  • Consider a society that frowns against gender-based violence.
  • How about a stigma-free community that lurks not GBV within
Challenges 

During a listening session in 2018, IFA documented Women with Disabilities (WWDs) that have and are experiencing gender-based violence in various communities in Plateau state[1]. This corroborates the experiences of some Women and Girls with Disabilities (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[2]. Most of them are left with tendencies of committing suicide[3]

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 makes 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.

[1] https://web.facebook.com/294028687695265/videos/452339555197510
[2] https://hacey.org/advocacy/genderbasedviolence
[3] https://web.facebook.com/294028687695265/videos/452339555197510
Goal The Amplifying voices project stems to build a network of youth advocates with disabilities, and improve their capacity to spotlight and innovatively address incidences of gender/disability-based violence against women and girls with disabilities.
How we do it
  • Cohort Fellowships
  • Linking and learning
  • Media advocacy
  • Community outreach
What we’ve Achieved 
  • Swift distress response to over 38 women with disabilities who are victims of violence,
  • Increased the economic and employment opportunities (5% quota employment)
  • Established Gender clubs
  • Robust awareness campaign against GDBV,
  • 10 out of school children with disabilities gained scholarships from government and philanthropists
  • Increased public discuss on GDBV through mass media/social media engagements
  • Secured commitments from numerous community and potential victims towards breaking the silence culture that broods underreported cases of GDBV.
The project so far has held 3 Cohort fellowships with over 66 commissioned advocates of gender and disability-based violence who also recruited auxiliary advocates and made impacts in their communities. This project is with support from Ford Foundation