Community Paralegal and Village Mediation Programme (CPVMP)
Community Paralegal and Village Mediation Programme (CPVMP) is being implemented by CIRDDOC under Component 2.3 of the Justice for All (J4A) programme funded by DfID. The purpose of this intervention is to strengthen the capacity of the justice sector to deliver legal aid to citizens, especially those from poor and vulnerable groups, including women. The legal aid project embraces the provision of mediation services and legal information in line with the definition of legal aid as expressed in the Lilongwe Declaration 2004 and adopted in the draft UN Principles
The project which has linkages with other justice providers (formal and informal) including traditional leaders, police, prison, customary and magistrate courts has since inception in April 2012, trained 20 community paralegals (CPs) in the pilot communities of Ugwogo, Eha-Amufu, Nara, Nkerefi and Nomeh, all of Enugu state. The 20 CPs and 150 village mediators trained in Eha-Amufu and Nkerefi are providing mediation, paralegal as well as legal and human rights awareness services to the community members. A total of 180 cases have been handled in a space of 12 month (April 2013 – March 2014)
Promoting Participation, Transparency, Accountability and Gender Responsiveness In Governance in Anambra State
CIRDDOC Nigeria in collaboration with JDPC Onitsha with the support of Christian Aid implemented the project entitled “Increase participation and representation of women and adolescent girls in informal and formal decision making in Anambra State” under the V2P IF between October 2014 to June 2015.
The project addressed the marginalisation of women by customary and statutory laws, which leads to very low participation in politics and decision-making by women. It will adopt strategies, which has catalytic effect such as mentoring of younger women and upcoming politicians on human rights, advocacy, leadership, policy development and implementation, self esteem and confidence building, communication, mobilization and campaign management etc. This project will also tackle the hydra headed problem of lack of participatory governance particularly at the grassroots level. Community members will be prepared and encouraged to participate in governance through activities like town hall meetings to hold elected representatives accountable.
Advocacy for the Passage of Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill
Project of Affirmative Action Initiative for Women (NCAA) / Voices for Change (V4C) Programme of DFID
The Affirmative Action Initiative for Women (NCAA), an umbrella organisation of over 100 NGOs across Nigeria working on women’s rights came into being on the 23rd of September 2003 at the end of a 2-day International Public Hearing on Affirmative Action for Increasing Women’s Political participation in Nigeria. Civil Resources Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC) is the national coordinator of NCAA.
NCAA is presently being supported by Voices for Change (V4C) a project of DFID to advocate for the domestication of CEDAW and AU Protocol on Women’s rights through the passage of the GEO Bill at the national level as well as Enugu and Kaduna states. The bill was passed at the House Representatives before the end of the 7th Assembly but was not transmitted to the Senate for concurrence. The bill has been reintroduced in the National Assembly and has passed first and second readings in the Senate and House of Representatives respectively. The bill has been committed to the committee of the whole at the House of Representative for consideration and recommendation for passage.
The bill is at the verge of presentation at the Enugu and Kaduna Houses of Assembly for consideration and passage into law.
CIRDDOC/UNFPA Project on Female Genital Mutilation in Ebonyi and Imo State
The CIRDDOC/ United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Project on Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in Ebonyi and Imo State is geared towards creating awareness on the harmful effects of cutting women and girls. The objectives of this project include the following:
- To raise community awareness on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C).
- To build capacity of participants to become advocates of FGM.
- To create awareness of the existence and contents of the Ebonyi State Law on the Abolition of Harmful Traditional Practices Against Women and Children and Guidelines on how to use the Law.
- To promote Community behavioral change initiatives towards elimination of FGM/C in Ebonyi State.
STRENGHTENING EXISTING AND EMERGING WOMEN MOBILISATION PLATFORMS AND SMALL HOLDER WOMEN FARMERS’ ASSSOCIATION IN NIGERIA
Nigerian women play important roles in food and agriculture. It is reported that women small holder farmers constitute 70-80 percent of the agric labour force. They produce the bulk of food for domestic consumption and they are the drivers of food processing, marketing and preservation. In spite of all these enormous tasks, they have limited access to land, credit facilities, farm input training and advice, technology and crop insurance among other things. Women small farm-holders have just 14% holding rights on land where they farm, in spite of their strategic roles in food production, government agricultural hardly focuses on supporting them. It is estimated that if women had the same access to finance, land, technology, and training advice as men, they could contribute significantly to the achievement of the MDG one of which is eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.
- The issues of women small holder-farmers cannot be separated from the broader issues of gender equality and discrimination against women. Women are still voiceless in decision-making and policy issues.
- The project therefore intends to mobilize for greater participation of women to enable them lead the agricultural sector and also mainstream gender issues in policies and programs in Nigeria. The project hopes to engage State and National policies particularly the Agric Transformation Agenda (ATA) of the previous government among others.
- The project will focus on empowering women small holder-farmers and other women in agriculture for effective participation in the agric decision-making and leadership position through a demand for support system for women farmers within a holistic gender sensitive framework, project design and implementation agenda. The project covers 4 States which are: Benue, Enugu, Kwara and Osun.
- The goal of women lead-agriculture is to strengthen existing and emerging women- Mobilization platforms and women small holder-farmers’ association for sustainable organizing for change and policy influencing in the agric sector.
- Strengthen the capacity of small holder women farmers association to demand for gender accountability in the agric sector.
- Improve small holder women farmers’ skill to engage policy makers for gender sensitive, policy and programs at state and national level.
- Increase public awareness of the gender-stakeholders and the general public.