Devimpath Participates In The Launch of the WomenPower2030 Project in Nigeria

On the 13th of May 2024, Devimpath joined Women Environmental Programme (WEP) and other organisations in the launch of the WomenPower2030: Feminist Accelerate Action for Sustainable Development in Nigeria.

WomenPower2030 is a Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA) between European Union and a consortium of 5 feminist organizations led by Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF). The overall objective of WomenPower2030 is to strengthen capacity of women’s and feminist civil society networks and organizations to fight inequalities and advance gender-equal sustainable development.

WEP is one of the 5 feminist organisations in the consortium and will be responsible for implementing the WomenPower2030 Project in NIGERIA AND SIERRA LEONE.

Devimpath is happy to be associated with WEP and the WomenPower2030 project in Nigeria.


Gender-Based Violence/Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

The Executive Director of Development Impact Pathfinders Initiative (Devimpath), Glory Amara Brendan-Otuojor was invited by Women Environment Programme (WEP) to make a presentation on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) during Urgent Action FundAfrica’s Information session held on the 14 th of December 2023.

As a preamble during the presentation, Glory shared statistics on GBV/SRHR which shows that there are gender variations in access to education, school-related GBV, violence against children, early/forced marriage, FGM, violence against people with disability. For instance, according to UN Women, 1 in 3 women aged 15 years and older have been subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner, non-partner or both, at least once in their lifetime globally and in Nigeria 30% of women and girls aged 15-49 have experienced sexual abuse, 31% of women have experienced physical violence since age 15 with 14% of women experiencing physical violence in 2017 alone (UNFPA). She notes that during the pandemic, between January and May 2020, the Nigerian Police confirmed it received 717 reported cases of rape, 7,349 Incidents of GBV reported between January to July 2020. Sexual and physical violence accounts for 72.3% of violence reported (GBV Factsheet –Spotlight Initiative Nigeria).

On education, Glory informed participants that 35% of women in Nigeria have never attended school, nearly one-third of women age 15-49 in Nigeria have no education compared to 22% of men age 15-49 and 82% of women aged 20-24 who were married by the age of 18 had no education while only 13% of them have at least finished secondary school (Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, NDHS 2018). She further informed participants that according to SRGBV Factsheet for Nigeria contained in the Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS) Report 2014, 44% of the students who experienced one or more forms of physical and sexual violence perpetrated by teachers and/or classmates were girls and 35% were boys and the more girls (18%) than boys (4%) who experienced sexual violence are likely to miss school.

On violence against children, Glory informed participants that according to Together for Girls/UN Girls Education Initiative, 50% of girls and 52% of boys experience physical violence, 25% girls and 11% boys experienced sexual violence and 17% girls and 20% boys experience emotional violence. 25.4% of women were married before they turned 18 years and 56.6% of child marriage occurred in north-east.

Furthermore, she informed the participants that there are 3.2 million persons with disabilities living in Nigeria, of which 1,5 million are women with disabilities (2006 Population and Housing Census) and that women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria are twice more likely to experience gender-based violence than other women.

To further help participants understand GBV, Glory shared information about some basic concepts of gender which include gender roles, sex roles, gender equality, gender equity, gender sensitivity, gender mainstreaming, etc. She further discussed sexuality and gender, emphasizing that sexuality and gender are interrelated and together they affect the ability of men and women to have sexual health and manage their reproductive lives, access to information and health services and their ability to protect themselves. She also defined gender-based violence (GBV) as any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that is based on gender differences between males and females, highlighting the different categories of GB to include physical violence, psychological/emotional violence, disability-based violence, sexual violence and harmful practices. She also informed that violence is any act that involves the use of force or power whether implied or real that results in physical, sexual or psychological harm and that violence may not always be physical; it can also be threats of violence, coercion (trickily manipulate somebody to do something against their will), and denying someone their freedom (for no reason) in public or in private life.

 Glory also described reproductive health as the state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing in all matters relating to the reproductive system and its functions and processes and that reproductive health implies that adults will have a safe and satisfying sex life and capability to reproduce with freedom to decide if, when and how often they want to do so. Also, that right of men and women to information and access to safe, effective affordable and acceptable methods of family planning and appropriate health care services that will enable women to go through pregnancy and childbirth and also raise healthy infants are embedded in reproductive health. In addition, she described human rights to include right to life, right to equality and right to freedom from all forms of discrimination, right to health care and health protection, right to SHR information and education, etc and also informed participants about laws and policies that are backup framework for intervention and actions against GBV.

In conclusion, Glory stated that strategies to respond to the many forms of gender-based violence must adopt a holistic approach and extended to all sectors. This is why at Devimpath, we are exploring the interlinkages of GBV with sectoral challenges like climate change, water and sanitation, health, food insecurity etc with the aim of deepening conversations and fostering gender-transformative change.


Glory Brendan-Otuojor: Exceptional X-Woman Championing Sustainable Solutions in Africa

Meet Glory Brendan-Otuojor, one of our exceptional X-Women Championing Sustainable Solutions in Africa.

As the Executive Director of the Development Impact Pathfinders Initiative, Glory Brendan-Otuojor stands at the forefront of a movement dedicated to amplifying the voices of women and youth in environmental and climate change discourse. Her initiative goes beyond conventional approaches, striving to inspire action against climate change and dismantle gender barriers while advocating for equitable development policies.

Follow this link https://weforgood.org/2024/03/28/drumroll-as-we-present-the-2024-x-wcsa/ to read her full story and learn about how she is making a difference.


School WaSH Club Flag-Off

The School WaSH club: a partnership program of WaSH-Gender and the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Education, was formally flagged off on 27th May, amidst the Children’s Day Jamboree, in Ini LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

School WaSH club aims at inculcating safe water, and adequate sanitation and hygiene practices in children when they are still tender and receptive.

There were demonstrations of both improper and proper handwashing by the WaSH-Gender team members to the admiration of the anxious children and teachers participants, who were also given opportunity to display same.

Addressing the Children, Emmanuel Akpabio(PhD): the WaSH-Gender project coordinator, emphasized the benefits of safe WaSH practices, noting that some ailments popularly attributed to witches, in our clime, are offshoots of improper WaSH practices.

Dr NsikanAbasi Wilson, an Anthropologist in the University of Uyo, and a WaSH-Gender team member, introduced the club, while other team members volunteered for different roles.

Dr Emmanuel Akpabio presented WaSH Club water bottles, exercise books and WaSH-Gender face caps to all volunteers (including Children and Teaches)

School WaSH Club will be established in all schools in Akwa Ibom State, beginning from next term, to align with SDG 3 and 6.

*School WaSH Club is an arm of the WaSH-Gender project: a trans-disciplinary research project of Water and Development Partnership Program, sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Delft Netherlands.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) Club Established

On Friday, November 17, 2023, the Early Childhood Center of NCI played host to the school’s advocacy arm of our WaSH-Gender research team for the establishment of a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) club. The program aimed to educate children on the best personal hygiene practices and the importance of WaSH, especially as it is obtained globally.

In preparation for our visit, a classroom session was organized by the staff members to enlighten the children on WaSH practices.

During the hands-on demonstration, hundreds of children who came out in batches were taken to a designated area/wash station for a demonstration of proper hand-washing techniques. Our team used age-appropriate language and visuals to teach. Children were then allowed to practice hand washing themselves.

The WaSH enlightenment program was a valuable learning experience for the nursery school children. Our presence led to the rehabilitation of defunct hand-washing stations in the school.

The IHE-Delft Water and Partnership programmes, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided support to our WaSH-Gender project.


WaSH Club Established at Government Primary School, Ikot Ntuen Oku

Government Primary School, Ikot Ntuen Oku was among the schools in Uyo where the school WaSH club is established. The school WaSH club is an arm of the WaSH-gender project with the aim of inculcating the habit of proper hygiene in school children. The ceremony was flagged off in the presence of a large gathering of all the school teachers and pupils on Wednesday 5th July, 2023. The children all expressed solidarity with the organizers of the program despite the cold weather.

Hand washing facility was donated to the school while student volunteers gladly received gifts. After a tour of all the designated schools in the state, each school will present volunteers from their club members for a state WaSH competition which is scheduled to hold next term.

The IHE-Delft Water and Development Partnership programmes, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided support to our WaSH-Gender project.


Press Release: WaSH-Gender

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,

I welcome you to this briefing on the state of implementation of our project “WaSH-Gender” in Akwa Ibom State. WaSH-Gender is the IHE-DelL Water and Development Partnership programmes, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. WaSH-Gender sets out to explore ‘environmental and sociocultural factors of gender-based differences in access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in Nigeria’. Our project aims to address the question bordering on the relationship between gender and access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). For instance, how does being a man or woman shape the capacity to access water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in Nigeria? To what extent does access to WaSH services influence workload imbalance between men and women?