Initiative Update

#IamPossible campaign against Gender Violence

Keturah Shammah
Posted July 13, 2020 from Nigeria

As one of the SPEAK champions  2019 and considering the great opportunity it offers to dealt with issues of priority, Girls Education Mission International hosted an event on the theme “SPEAK #I am Possible against Gender Violence”. This event brought 77 participants comprising grassroot girls, mentors, boys, civil society actors as well elected leaders and the media. In a safe and comfortable environment, the girls got to share their concerns, burdens, fears and hopes for the future as well as how the elected leaders and their male counterparts (the boys) can be part of their successful future by ensuring girls rights are been protected, defended and promoted. Issues affecting girl-child such as child marriage, school dropout, teenage pregnancy, sexual assault among many others were discussed with possible solutions recommended. The girls were inspired by the event speakers to SPEAK Possibilities for their conscious against any form of gender-based barriers that stand as threat to their future while the boys were challenged to support girls in their endeavors. There was a unanimous agreement for all to work together to ensure the future of girls is possible and sustainable.

Towards planning for a sustainable future for girls, it was proposed that “I AM POSSIBLE” be launched as a campaign. SPEAK Campaign T-shirts were provided for each participant for use during and after the campaign. For 93% of participants who attended such an event for the first time in their lifetime, it was a life changing experience that they can’t afford sharing it with others. To some, wearing the campaign t-shirt alone they said, is an advocacy itself as it attracts attention of the public to know more about SPEAK.

Building on the resolution during SPEAK campaign to launch “I AM POSSIBLE Campaign against Gender Violence” and based on the recommendation for community outreach against gender violence, GEM have sent out call for volunteers, produced customized T-shirts and printed campaign material such as the Posters, stickers and fliers  to aid the awareness. In commemoration of Day of No Violence which marks the beginning of global 16days of activism against gender Violence. The I AM POSSIBLE campaign was launched with activities ranging from formal unveiling of the campaign t-shirts, featuring one of GEM founding girl to share her possibility story as well as the #OrangeTheWorld activity. 48  participants went round the event premises on a practical advocacy walk with their campaign T- shirts and orange balloons decorating offices, cars and distributing the balloons, Purple ribbon,  stickers and posters while creating awareness about Gender violence and how together we can work towards eliminating  it.  

Towards maximizing the #16days of activism period, GEM have mobilized, inspired and accelerated public awareness about Gender Violence by creating the most Impactful 16days community outreach ever. With over 12,000 people reached by 28 Volunteers across 16 states of Nigeria including the FCT and in Freetown Region, Sierra Leone, we have worked hard to bring value to the  campaign volunteers for their passion, interest and hard work to carry out the I am Possible community outreach against gender violence. We:

  • Provided them with introductory letters to schools and community leaders.
  • Orientations and training both virtual and physical.
  • Produced campaign materials and manuals (customized T-shirts, Posters, Stickers, Fliers).
  • We created an effective volunteer management platform on GivingWay where volunteers got enrolled and managed.
  • Awarded Certificate of appreciation for the Volunteers. The momentum was huge that it build basis of what we do in 2020. 

From Sierra Leone, Yusif Kamara said:          

This campaign was able to help identify the prevalence of child marriage and teenage pregnancy in the communities we visited, for instance, Kamada Farm community in Black Hall Road Freetown, about 40% of the girls between 14-18 years have experienced teenage pregnancy, we were also able to ascertain the level of awareness on the barriers that make the dreams of young girls go unfulfilled and developed innovative strategies for continuous support to those concerned

 

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

12000

Comments 18

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Busayo Obisakin
Jul 13
Jul 13

Dear Keturah
This is such a great Initiative! I am sure the girl felt been heard during the program. I could see that the campaign was greatly successful. Well done Sis!
Love
Busayo

Keturah Shammah
Aug 01
Aug 01

Yes! Sister Busayo. Our aim was to give the girls a voice and it was indeed great success as 80%of the girls were able to speak out for the first time ever. Thanks for being an inspiration.

maeann
Jul 14
Jul 14

Keturah :) How are you? Thank you for sharing your campaign update. Congratulations!

Keturah Shammah
Aug 01
Aug 01

Thanks Maeann for the compliment. We are in this together.

Anita Shrestha
Jul 15
Jul 15

Wow, keep it up continue

Keturah Shammah
Aug 01
Aug 01

Dear Anita, I appreciate your compliment.

Hello, Keturah,

You are amazing! Congratulations on this successful endeavor. I love that girls got a chance to speak up about the issues concerning them, and that the boys are committed to uphold the solutions with them. Great job, dear!

I love statement shirts! I agree that wearing one is an advocacy on itself. Kudos to you, dear Ambassador. Keep on changing lives!

Keturah Shammah
Aug 01
Aug 01

Yes Karen! Thats exactly the idea of the Tshirt--a self advocacy through wearing the Tshirt.

Beth Lacey
Jul 17
Jul 17

I love the name of your campaign- I AM POSSIBLE. So many young women and girls need to hear this over and over

Keturah Shammah
Aug 01
Aug 01

Thanks greatly for the compliment Beth. That's exactly the aim of the Campaign. To have the statement echo Ed always in the mind of the Girls

Chi8629
Jul 17
Jul 17

Thank you for sharing.

Keturah Shammah
Aug 01
Aug 01

I greatly appreciate you Chi8629

Chidimma
Jul 19
Jul 19

Hello Ma. Well articulated. Please always keep me posted I would love to participate and volunteer. Thanks for sharing.

Keturah Shammah
Aug 01
Aug 01

It's well noted with much sister Chidimma. We are in this together for sure.

Feka
Jul 24
Jul 24

What an amazing initiative? Keep flying, sister

Keturah Shammah
Aug 01
Aug 01

Thanks Feka for the compliment. I greatly appreciate.

Millynairi
Jul 31
Jul 31

Dear Keturrah,
I have read your story about what you are doing for the girls and I can say this is awesome! A great initiative! You are helping to shape the future of the young girls. Keep it up.

Keturah Shammah
Aug 01
Aug 01

Dear Millynairi,
Your kind words are motivating. I greatly appreciate your compliment.