Participant in the ‘Understanding SGBV & CEFM and integrating GESI & Child Protection/Safeguarding” training, Anne Udoh, the Executive Director of Better Future Initiative in Akwa Ibom, used knowledge gained from the training and the coordination interactive platform (WhatsApp) created to facilitate rehabilitation of a SGBV survivor.

According to her, a lady that was beaten and thrown out of her home with her children by her husband at Ikot Oku Community in Ikot-Ekpene LGA of Akwa Ibom State. The participant immediately shared the information on the interactive platform, created by GPI for all CSOs who attended the training. Through the help of some CSOs on the platform, law enforcement agencies were contacted. As a result of our involvement, the state social welfare service was contacted to provide shelter for the woman and her children.

This training was facilitated by SCALE’s Countering Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Component 5 resource partner, Girls Power Initiative (GPI) which aimed at empowering participants to apply and mainstream SGBV & CEFM, and GESI skills and strategies in their work.

The CSO partners are currently giving counseling and psychosocial support for the victims mental and emotional stability. Furthermore, the CSOs are considering the possibility of taking prosecution action against the husband, subject to the consent of the survivor.