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The Sister Guardian Initiative taps into existing community based women groups to identify women willing to ‘stand in the gap’ for women facing abuse especially, but not restricted to domestic violence. These women are referred to as Sister Guardians (SG). The Sister Guardian Initiative provides the immediate support female victims of violence require – safety, counseling, mediation with the husband and family members in the case of domestic violence and ultimately referrals to the police and other relevant agencies for women as the case may apply.
In addition, the sisters work in preventing Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) at the community level and support abused women in prosecuting their case either at the community level with the extended family and village authorities, or the police and courts if the matter escalates. The SGs then make their messages and services known by working within existing systems—for example through churches, the police, and other government social services.
The overall objective:
To reduce violence against women at the community level
One of the highest risks faced by victims of domestic violence is silence. Most victims are afraid both for their lives and the perception of their situation in the society should they decide to speak out. Yet speaking out and seeking counselling is some of the most important ways of being free from the shackles of domestic violence.
When you find yourself in a situation where you are threatened by violence, remember that your life is worth being protected. It is important to defend yourself by raising an alarm, calling the Police and simply running away from the scene of the violence.
As a woman, going through a troubling phase in your marriage or relationship could be very disconcerting. Moments like this usually come unannounced yet it is important to have a positive outlook and not take things personal. Hang out with people who make you laugh and give you reasons to celebrate your inner awesomeness.
One in five women usually experience violence at some point in their lifetime. Some people who face violence in one way or the other have somehow come to accept their condition as normal.
But Heck! Let's stop the violence against women. Join the coversation, women deserve to be protected from every form of violence and abuse.
SOUTH SAHARAN SEEKS END TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN ENUGU STATE
South Saharan Social Development Organization has called for domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act in Enugu state to end violence against women in the state.
The training is aimed to build partnership between Sister Guardians and the community police in ending domestic violence in the communities.
Violence against women is not only the most widespread example of a human rights violation, but probably the biggest crime going largely unpunished.
The newly trained Sister Guardians now have an eagle eye out for women facing issues of domestic abuse in the cause to help eradicate Violence Against Women in their communities.