Global Equality Project, GEP (August 2021 – March 2022)
In Nigeria, the GEP is supporting the implementation of laws and policies designed to protect women, girls, and other vulnerable citizens against all forms of violence, particularly sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). GEP will build on the gains made under the Commonwealth Equality Project (CEP). CEP facilitated the tackling of violence against women and girls through helping the passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law in Oyo State. Beyond intervention at the state level, WFD commissioned a national research on the implementation of the VAPP Act, and other related laws and how it has protected women and girls across Nigerian states. The presentation of the report of this research to the public further reinvigorated the passage of such laws in other States of Nigeria.
In Nigeria, GEP is supporting the implementation of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law in two further states – Osun and Ondo – where the law was recently passed. The VAPP act provides a legal framework for the protection of all citizens against all forms of violence. This includes vulnerable people such as women, girls, children, youth, and persons with disabilities (PWDs). The passage of VAAP law gained traction in many of the 36 States of Nigeria. However, implementation need to be effectively guided and facilitated to enable maximum impact. Training of first-line officials to professionally engage with survivors of violence, as well as committing key stakeholders to effectively implementation is paramount. Importantly citizens need to be aware of the existence of the laws passed to protect them, and modalities for engaging the process. Beyond the two States, WFD is also commissioning policy briefs for advancing the process of implementation of the VAPP law in 12 States of Nigeria: Plateau, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Edo, Osun, Lagos, Bauchi, Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Kaduna State, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Inclusive and Accountable Politics (IAP) programme (April 2019 – March 2022)
WFD Nigeria is building on its successful promotion of youth political inclusion and politics with values by convening policy dialogues on topical national concerns to generate policy briefs for legislative actions; advancing supports for more open and inclusive political parties in Nigeria through evidenced assessment of political parties’ performance; as well as via technical support to the National Assembly on Post-Legislative Scrutiny (PLS). The understanding of the concept of PLS by staff and members, is a fundamental first step to its Integration in the legislative process at the National Assembly, and by State Houses of Assembly, by extension.
WFD is working with the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) to realise policy dialogues on topical national issues that are central to inclusive and accountable democratic practices in Nigeria. Evidence based policy briefs will be generated from these dialogues to advocate for change in practise and support legislative actions. WFD provides technical support to relevant Departments and Committees of the National Assembly of Nigeria, using existing WFD expertise, research materials and publications on Post-Legislative Scrutiny (PLS). This is achieved by working closely with the National Assembly to realize a PLS Academy consisting of 6 modules. Political parties remain the only platform for electing leaders in Nigeria, and are therefore, central to deepening democracy. WFD supports evidence-based and creative efforts to enable more democratic and inclusive practices by the political parties.
Working with youth-focused civil society organisations, as well as formal youth bodies, Politics with Values (PwV) Network and the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF), the programme showed young people how they can support campaigns that advocate for greater youth participation and engage with political institutions. WFD and the UK political parties shared a range of experiences on youth participation from the UK and other countries where WFD works. The combination of grassroots campaigning and high-level advocacy contributed to the efforts at addressing the low levels of youth participation and representation in Nigeria by encouraging more youth-led policy initiatives and better inter-generational partnerships.
Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), WFD was part of the consortium that implemented the flagship, five-year Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) programme. Working at the national level and in 3 States – Jigawa, Kano and Kaduna – WFD supported constituencies to influence governments about the services they received, and any policies related to them. To achieve this, WFD supported the use of evidence-based research for policy recommendations related to the budget process in the National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly in Jigawa, Kano and Kaduna, with lessons replicated in other State Assemblies. Among other achievements, the consortium successfully supported the advocacy for State Houses of Assembly’s financial autonomy, and developed implementation mechanism to be adopted by the state assemblies.
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. To mitigate this challenge, huge changes at all levels of society, politics and businesses are required. Ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), WFD and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) implemented a programme to inform parliamentarians in five Sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria, of COP26 issues. The January to June 2021 programme supported parliamentarians in Nigeria to examine their national progress in delivering Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The programme also helped the MPs scrutinise Nigeria’s national climate policies and legislations.
WFD, with funding from the European Union, and in partnership with the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) implemented a three-year programme christened #OurVoteCountsNG. The overall goal of the programme was increasing the participation of youths, women, and persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in elections. It contributed to this goal by creating awareness among underrepresented groups using targeted messaging conveyed through peer-to-peer voter education strategy about the electoral process, particularly in hard-to-reach communities. Working closely with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and women networks, the project built the confidence of citizens in the electoral process and made them realize the importance of their votes to the process. The peer-to-peer strategy entails building the capacity of young people to reach out and engage with their peers, as well as women reaching out to fellow women; thereby strengthening active, responsive, participatory, and engaged citizenry.
Between October 2020 and March 2021, WFD and Kaleidoscope Trust (KT) implemented the Commonwealth Equality Project (CEP) – funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The programme explored and strengthened gender equality, inclusion, and rights of marginalized groups through an inclusive policy development in 16 Commonwealth countries. In Nigeria, CEP supported the Oyo State House of Assembly to review the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Bill and pass the same into law, sensitized stakeholders at the grassroots on the VAPP Act, and conducted a national research on the implementation of the act as a guide for other states yet to domesticate it. The VAPP act provides a legal framework for the protection of all citizens – including vulnerable people such as women, girls, children, youth, and persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Facilitated exchange of ideas and networking between youth-focused organisations in Nigeria and their colleagues in UK
Five-year action plan developed with Young Parliamentarian Forum to put youth issues at the heart of the political debate
Strengthening and replication of sustainable platforms for legislative engagement with young people
Development of Youth Agenda as advocacy and accountability tool at the grassroots
Strengthened audit and public account process in Nigeria
Establishment of NYSC Voter Education CDS groups in the focal States of Imo, Osun and Abuja
Supported the Oyo State House of Assembly (OSHA) to review and pass the Oyo State Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law, which was translated into the local language of Yoruba, and the braille for the visually impaired
Strengthened the capacity of MPs and parliamentary staff of relevant committees of the National Assembly to evaluate progress and advance the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions on Climate Change
Conducted the political economy analysis of the National Assembly (NASS) of Nigeria, and three State Assemblies (Jigawa, Kano and Kaduna) for effective engagement
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