2012 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM IN NIGERIA

Obisakin Busayo
Posted January 20, 2013 from Nigeria

Women Inspiration development Center (WIDC) joined others from all over the world to rise up against Violence against Women during the 2012 16 Days of Activism. The center organized “PHONE IN” programs on Radio for 15 weeks where women, girls, men and boys were given the opportunities to ask questions, contribute to the discussions on how to eradicate domestic and sexual violence in Nigeria. This program was sponsored by African Women Development Fund (AWDF). During each program, at least 1000 people from 13 states will be hearing the program. At every program at least 8 people were always given the opportunity to phone in to ask questions or contribute to the discussions. On the 10th December, 2012 which was the last of the 16 days, Women Inspiration Development Center Volunteers organized awareness campaigns on Violence against Women round the markets where we have the concentration of women in Ile-Ife. It is our belief that at least 15,000 people would have listened to the radio program within the period of 15 weeks. As a result of the “Phone in” programs on radio and the awareness campaign, 82 women and girls have visited the Center to date seeking for counselling, financial assistance and help on taking legal steps by victims of violence. The Phone In programs has increased knowledge and awareness on human and legal rights of women in the community. I have been invited by some leaders in the community as a result of this program to come and explain further on issues that affect women. If these “phone in” programs could continue for a year, there will be great awareness and eradication of Violence against women in Nigeria Therefore we are seeking assistance from interested individuals and organizations that are willing to partner with us in continuing the phone in program. Weekly “Phone In” program on Radio cost $50 10 weeks will cost $500 52 weeks which is a year will cost $2600

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Shwe Hmon
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 20, 2013

Hi sister Busayo,

This is an excellent idea and thanks for sharing with us the impact of new technology and media in the lives of people, men, women and the community.

I really could learn from your initiative and context.

I think your organization can submit a small grant proposal for that project and I hope I can share you a useful information soon.

Keep going.

Best Regards, Insha Allah@Shwe Wutt Hmon

Obisakin Busayo
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 21, 2013

I really appreciate your encouragement and I will be expecting the link to submit the grant proposal Thank you

Love Busayo

Shwe Hmon
Jan 22, 2013
Jan 22, 2013

Dear sister Busayo,

I wonder if this link/call for proposals for you and your project.http://www.fundsforngos.org/latest-funds-for-ngos/usaid-call-proposals-s...Good luck! Keep going great jobs.

With Love,Insha@Shwe Wutt Hmon

Amie Bojang-Sissoho
Jan 28, 2013
Jan 28, 2013

Radio is an important tool to echo voices of women in our communities. Our experience is that more men call to discuss or comment than women. It is encouraging that more women are using anonymity to express themselves on air. We need more opportunities like that. Keep it up Sister Busayo.

Obisakin Busayo
Jan 28, 2013
Jan 28, 2013

Thank you Amie for your comment. Several was also part of the phone in. They contributed to the discussions.

Love Busayo