The rural population in Nigeria is reported at 51.4% which accounts for slightly more than half of our total population; 50 % of whom are women. Recognizing this fact and the urgent need to address the issue of Gender Based Violence (GBV) on a grass root level in rural and peri-rural communities; the WARIF Foundation in partnership with the ACT Foundation has implemented the WARIF Gate Keepers Project.
A community based initiative where 500 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAS) from selected rural and peri-rural local government areas are trained in the signs and prevention of GBV; equipping them with the necessary tools in addressing this issue in the various Local Government Areas these TBAS serve, with the assistance of the WARIF.
This approach to tackling this issue has had a significant positive impact on the number of cases now being identified and treated in these once hard to reach communities and ensuring that no woman is left behind in addressing this problem
The first cycle of this 12 month project commenced in August 2017.