Communal Care Centre with support from Actionaid Nigeria held series of activities to mark the International Women’s Day 2023; #Ebraceequality2023. Sensitization of women groups in Akabor community, Market sensitization in Oguta, Adolescent peer education session at Divine Favour Secondary School, Omuma and Radio program at 1 Community Radio Oguta. The activities were used to educate women on the need to enlighten, empower and improve themselves with new innovations in technology. Using the new monetary policy that has impacted negatively on the rural women due to their inadequate knowledge of electronic banking, women were admonished to embrace change and learn, there’s no again limit to learning and it can be done in the comfort of your home or business place. It will also help them advance their business by learning innovative ways of doing business. Improve relationship with the family and society, learn how to monitor and educate their children. In all it makes you a better you.
Communal Care Centre held a sensitization program at Trinity High School Oguta to mark the international day of zero tolerance on Female Genital Mutilation with the theme “Partnership with Men and Boys to transform Social and gender Norms to End FGM”. Trinity High School Oguta where 90% of the students are boys were sensitized on what FGM is all about, the negative effects of FMG both health wise and on the physical. The adolescents were encouraged to lend their voices to say No to FGM and other forms of gender-based violence in their homes, communities, school and society at large and also to report identified cases of abuse to Communal Care Centre.
Communal Care Centre on Thursdays wrapped up the 16days of activism against gender-based violence with her Annual Whyte Teens’ Concert. The event featured drawings and paintings, debate, drama and dance. Highlight of the occasion were presentation of award and certificates to traditional rulers who provided enabling environment for the project and non-state actors who supported project implementation. Awards were also given to the best 3 schools whose presentations spoke to the theme of the year.
VAWG Response Team in Akabor Oguta LGA held school sensitization to commemorate the 16days of activism against gender-based violence. The used the indigenous language to enlighten the children on different forms of GBV and how to protect themselves from abuse as well as to speak out when their right are violated.
Following the visibility and credibility that ActionAid SLOC-VAWG project has given to Communal Care Centre in our project communities, the executive Director of CCC Mrs. Colette Bennett was appointed member off Oguta flood relief and rehabilitation committee, saddled with the responsibility of ensuring victims of the recent flood disaster are properly supported to return back to their normal lives.
On the 25th November 2022 at the inauguration of the committee, the traditional prime minister (Ogana Oguta) stated that ‘’CCC was brought in to ensure transparency and equitable distribution of the relief materials.’’
Many thanks to ActionAid Nigeria. We are proud to be associated with you.
Communal Care Centre recorded yet another feat on ending harmful cultural practices exacerbating violence against women and girls in Oguta community. In a town hall meeting held on Saturday 19th November 2022, the paramount ruler of Oguta, Eze Nnani Nzeribe Eze-Eyiche, the Eze Igwe 1 of Oguta, reacting to the document signed by the oldest woman (Ogene nwanyi) in Oguta, supported by a communique from an interractive meeting with women groups, conceded to making widowhood practice favourable and convenient for women. He practically accepted everything in the document which states that the woman has the prerogative to decide what she wants. He then requested CCC and National Human Rights Commission to support the community in developing a legal document on issues around GBV. He further requested CCC to help arrange a sensitization program for the larger community where the information will be disseminated and copies of the document distributed as a guiding policy document for the community.