In a continued fight to put an end to Gender Based Violence, the Women at Risk International Foundation held a second training session for the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) in Lagos, Nigeria. The Gatekeepers Project was recently launched at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Ikeja with the aim of curbing and eventually eliminating this societal menace of Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Through sensitization workshops, e-learning forums and monthly meetings WARIF which was founded by Dr. Kemi Da-Silva Ibru, in collaboration with the ACT Foundation are working towards reducing gender based violence by a minimum of 30% and also increasing the reporting rate from an alarming 0% to 95%. These training sessions focus on recognizing, managing and collecting data on incidences of sexual assault, rape and other forms of GBV in peri-rural areas.
The Gatekeepers Project, by WARIF and the ACT foundation, was launched with approval of the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board. It’s main aim is to empower and equip the TBA’s with the necessary skill set required in providing basic first responder assistance and psycho-social counseling for the GBV survivors who they may come across.
Some of the Local Government Areas present in the training included Alimosho, Ikorodu, Mushin, etc.