Sister Guardian Initiative provides Technical Assistance to Orokoro Community

One of the reasons why the rate of gender-based violence is higher in communities is that most rural communities in Nigeria do not have structures to support women facing domestic violence. The little support that exists – pro bono legal services and safe houses can only be accessed in the state capitals.

Understanding these concerns and needs, South Saharan Social Development Organization, SSDO, is implementing the Sister Guardian Initiative to reduce violence at the community level. The program is currently being implemented in 19 Enugu and Anambra state communities. The initiative provides psychosocial support to women and makes referrals to other relevant agencies where necessary.

In March, the Gender Officer and Jacob’s Well Project Officer visited Orokoro community in Isi Uzo LGA to provide technical assistance and supervision. These visits would help monitor the initiative’s progress, build the capacity of the Sister Guardians, and conduct a need assessment evaluation to strengthen the initiative in the target communities.

The women were also sensitized on effective loan repayment strategies and how to scale their businesses. They were educated on how to identify new opportunities for expansion and how to position their businesses to leverage opportunities. The visit was also an avenue for the Gender Officer to mediate and counsel a couple. Helping to broker peace in the family.

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