UNMASKING SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE TO ADOLESCENTS WIH DISABILITIES – 12 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Posted January 5, 2021 from Nigeria
UNMASKING SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE TO ADOLESCENTS WIH DISABILITIES – 12 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST SEXUAL AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
Sexual and Gender Based Violence is a multi-faceted phenomenon linked to economic, social and psychological issues and exacerbated by cultural and religious factors.

Sexual and Gender Based Violence is a multi-faceted phenomenon linked to economic, social and psychological issues and exacerbated by cultural and religious factors. Year 2020 will be a remembered as a year of the global pandemic – Covid 19 which not only led to loss of lives but surge in Sexual and Gender Based Violence making it to be referred to as the Shadow Pandemic. In recognition of this and in view of fact that Adolescents with Disabilities are not only vulnerable to Sexual and Gender Based Violence but are oftentimes due  to their disabilities are not even aware that they are sexually violated. A major reason my team and I decided to train Adolescent Girls with Disabilities on Sexual and Gender Based Violence as well as on year 2015 Violence against Persons Prohibition Act especially in areas on how to recognize and report it in commemoration of 12 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

Boys with Disabilities were also trained on need to respect their peers, protect them and also to be Champions of Gender Equality as well as on Drug Misuse in-addition for both sexes to see themselves as future leaders irrespective of their disabilities.

Girls were also trained on Menstrual Hygiene Management and importance of being neat. With support from @AngelsSanitaryPad we were able to give out free sanitary pads to the Girls. Interestingly, Girls did not want Boys to be part of Menstrual training because they felt the Boys would make fun of them which I found very amusing.

Lastly, I was particularly shocked that persons in  rural communities were not aware of 12 Days of Activism against Sexual and  Gender Based Violence and do not see many archaic practices like Female Genital Mutilation as Violence against Women and Girls but as cultural practices handed down from their forefathers and needs to be continued.

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jomarieb.earth
Jan 05
Jan 05

Dear Oluwatoyin,
Warrior sister, I applaud you and your team! You are addressing a load of issues that will bring the next generation over the threshold towards vital change. I hope that the youth are nourished by the zeal of your intention. They are the recipients of immeasurable benefits. And the parents will eventually learn that it is necessary for the survival of generations to come. Not everyone will understand the magnitude of what you are doing. You are moving not mountains, but mountain ranges! You have the resistance of thousands of years of closed eyes and minds. But you shine your light bright. So bright that it cannot be denied or avoided. The world is rewarded by your light. It is the awareness and change you impose for the greater good. You are the torchbearer my dearest. Bravo sister! You and your crew are truly amazing and absolutely necessary.
Massive Hugs...JoMarie

ESEZA MUKYALA
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hello sister Oluwatoyin,
I personally appreciate you for the great work undertaken for this improves the general life of the categorized people hence saving the young generation. Well done and please keep it up!
Eseza Mukyala....... Lots of love!

Nini Mappo
Jan 07
Jan 07

Dear Oluwatoyin,
Good on you, your partners, and your team for reaching out to girls marginalized by living rural and by disability. You should not at all be surprised at the level of unawareness in marginalized communities. In my experience, illiteracy is not simply about books, but also about social and cultural elements shaping the world or driving change, those that could be applied in rural settings to improve lives and change detrimental cultural practices. Resources, information, and opportunism concentrate in urban areas. It is another aspect of unequal distribution of wealth that is less acknowledged. It is good that your presence there brought light, hope,, and tools to improve lives.
It is an encouraging report, and you gave those girls so much value they will never forget your kindness, generosity, and proactiveness in providing what they didn't even know they need.
Wishing you many more spectacular wins in the year ahead!

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
yesterday
yesterday

Dear Oluwatoyin,
Thanks a million for unmasking sexual and gender based violence among adolescents with disabilities.
It is very unfortunate that such adolescents are doubly disadvantaged, and adolescent girls, particularly, tend to fall prey to sexual predators in their communities.

The training you are providing is priceless for it will serve its recipients for the rest of their lives.
It is always shocking to learn that people in rural communities justify and perpetuate harmful traditional practices as part of our "culture."
What you are doing is trying to dismantle a monolith, an uphill task, but one that is urgently needed.
The initiative you have implemented is a game changer and will transform communities. In the long run, life will be better for disabled adolescents.

Please keep up the good work. All the best to you.