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National Technical Working Group

Our Founder, Aisha Bubah was invited to join the National Technical Working Group formed by the Federal Ministry of Health to develop a national implementation roadmap for the new Mental health law signed by the President of Nigeria in January 2023.

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Reflecting on Our Visit to Paipe Community, Abuja

On November 11th, we visited Paipe Community in Abuja to discuss Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and actionable steps to combat it. Welcomed at the Chief’s Palace, we engaged with over 55 participants, including survivors of child marriage, rape, and domestic violence. Poverty, lack of education, and government neglect were identified as key factors contributing to their vulnerability.

Our discussion included:

  1. Laws prohibiting and prosecuting abuse.
  2. The “Strong Voices” Radio Drama on SGBV.
  3. Referral resources for survivors.
  4. The 112 helpline for free counseling in Abuja.
  5. Mental health tips.

We aim to continue advocating for the end of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and promoting women’s active participation in nation-building. Thanks to  Nigerian Women Trust Fund and YALI West Africa for their support.

Listen to “Strong Voices Season 2” on Spotify. Link to Listen

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Community Engagement for Mental Health Awareness on SGBV

As we prepare to launch Season 2 of The Strong Voices Radio Drama in English and Hausa, we’ve been engaging communities in Abuja about the mental health impacts of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

During our visit to Dei-Dei, the chief and community members warmly welcomed us. The session was highly engaging, addressing questions on consent and sexual violence. With attendees of all ages and genders, it was clear that combating SGBV involves everyone.

We look forward to engaging with more communities and are grateful to Nigerian Women Trust Fund  for their support.

Listen to The Strong Voices Season 2 on Spotify!  Link to Listen

 

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Empowering Paso Community Against Gender-Based Violence

On November 27, 2023, in collaboration with the PAGED Initiative, we visited Paso community in Gwagwalada to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. The event focused on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and engaged over 30 women in interactive discussions where they freely shared their experiences.

Despite the ongoing challenge of GBV, especially in rural areas, we emphasized the importance of mental well-being, self-empowerment, and building support networks. A documentary by PAGED Initiative sparked powerful discussions on real-life issues.

We extend our gratitude to our partners, Nigerian Women Trust Fund  and YALI West Africa, for supporting our efforts to raise awareness and provide mental health support to women and girls.

Listen to The Strong Voices Season 2 on Spotify for more empowering stories. Link to Listen

 

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NILEVAWG training

We were selected to participate in a 6-month programme by the National Institute for Leadership and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (NILEVAWG) which commenced on the 7th of April, 2022.The programme begins with a 3-days workshop on understanding VAWG, causes, impact, rights-based approach to ending VAWG, frameworks on ending VAWG, stakeholders, etc. This will be followed by designing a workplan to implement in the next 6 months. Our Founder and Project lead represents the organization in this programme, with a step-down to other team members. 

 

In the middle picture, Aisha Bubah, can be seen making a group presentation on the impact of VAWG on health (physical, psychological, socio-economic wellbeing) and the society. Idimma remains committed to provide access to psychosocial support to victims and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence by training community lay counsellors and providing counselling and referrals through the the national emergency number 112 mental health helpline run by our sister organization The Sunshine Series.

This programme is organized by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund and Ford Foundation.

 

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