The ED of the foundation, Mrs Elizabeth Onyemaechi spoke at length the dangers attached to all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls, the resultant effects of all these harmful traditional practices that promotes Gender based violence.
She made them to understand that the sensitization program has not come to abolish their old tradition but to reform.
She further made them to understand that the old traditional laws of Oforola and Olaukwu has been reformed by the Ezes and Regent of these two communities in collaboration with NHRC and other stakeholders in the community, she urged them to adopt and enforce it in their different and various communities so as to enjoy peace and harmony.
Eze Ejimogu of Anunu 1 who spoke on behalf of others promised that they will sensitize their cabinet members and community people once they get to their various communities.
Copies of the reformed bye laws was shared to all the Ezes.
Awareness and Sensitization Visits will be paid to churches where there are full access to Community dwellers especially in other communities in Owerri West aside from Oforola and Olaukwu.
Eze Paul Unawunwa of OKUKU Autonomous Community promised and gave his full support of the ongoing project and assured the foundation that he’s solidly behind her.
Women Led Quarterly Community Awareness/Advocacy Activities Using Various Approaches carried out today at Olaukwu market.
The women were sensitized about GBV, SGBV, and its harmful effects. They were also sensitized on the dangers attached to the culture of silence and the ways to speak up if they become victims.
Awareness and much emphasis was also laid on the new reformed bye-laws of Oforola and Olaukwu Communities which came to be with the help of the Opi Committee, Stakeholders, Cabinet members, NHRC, for it to be adopted in full.
They women could not hold back their joy as they expressed their profound gratitude to God Almighty for bringing such a soothing relief from ActionAid through Honourbirth Foundation in such a time.
SUCCESS STORIES FROM THE FOUNDATION.
- During the courtesy visit to the chairman, Owerri West council of traditional rulers, the foundation and the delegates drawn from the members of the Opi committee and community volunteers were able to convince the host to impress on other traditional rulers in communities in Owerri West L.A to review their traditional norms that violate women and girls rights.
This is replicated in the host’s agreement to invite the afore-provided delegation to the meeting of traditional rulers in Owerri West L.G.A at the palace of HRH, Eze Lucky Okoro the traditional rulers of Eziobodo community, Owerri West L.G.A to sensitize other Ezes
- There has been a tremendous increase in cases of GBV, SGBV reported to the foundation in the last quarter this testifies to the fact that, the capacity of the women and girls have been built to challenge VAWG and the culture of silence in the project communities.
- The Opi committee members and some selected members of the community volunteers have been merged to form the Opi committee and volunteers meeting group.
- Owing to the training on Resource Mobilization and Diversification conducted by Actionaid Nigeria in Abuja for EDs and staff, of partners, the foundation has been able to develop more proposals that are fundable and responses are in top gear from funders.
- More police document has been developed by the foundation. This is an improvement in its administration structure.
- Honourbirth Foundation was the only CBO that was selected in the whole of Imo State to partake in the Women Voice Leadership Research conducted in the month of September, 2021.
- 13 cases of violence against women and girls were recorded within the quarter in review. This shows a tremendous increase in awareness and response to GBV by community women and girls, a revamped Opi enforcement committee and a strengthened response system.
- Monthly meetings were held with adolescent girls club members of Oforola community secondary school, Owerri West L.G.A. Responses from the students indicate that their capacity has been strengthened to challenge VAWG in their communities. More students from and outside the school indicated interest in becoming members of the club.
- A total of 253 women were reached during the women Home and Aboad August meeting as part of the women led quarterly awareness/ advocacy, using various approaches activity. Copies of the reformed bye laws were distributed to all attendees.
- Dialogue meeting to support actions of the Opi committee to implement quarterly community dialogue on enforcement of the reviewed bye-laws was carried out while Opi committee/ volunteers meetings were held on monthly bases to discuss best practices to mitigate track and respond to VAWG as well as enforcement of the reviewed bye-laws.
- The foundation engaged the media (electronic and print) as medium to send down the VAWG message to the grassroots using local language. An average of about 200,000 persons was reached.