Changing the narrative and shifting norms

Here are 7 ways we can change the narrative around sexual gender-based violence (SGBV).

1| Speak Up and normalise the conversations against SGBV

We all need to work together and speak up against rape and sexual gender-based violence (SGBV). Silence only protects the rapist and perpetrators of such offenses.

2| Believe and Support survivors

We all need to rally up, believe, and support survivors around rape and sexual gender-based violence (SGBV).

3| Contact the relevant government agencies and NGOs working on SGBV

There exist various relevant government agencies and NGOs working on SGBV. I had previously compiled a directory of government agencies and NGOs working on SGBV, find here.

4| Join, volunteer or start an organisation advocating for SGBV

5| Protest (Online or offline)

You have the fundamental human right to protest peacefully as granted by the right to freedom of expression as provided in the Nigerian Constitution. You can join start an online/ offline protest calling on the government to take action against rape and SGBV, call on your state house of assembly yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act and Violence against Persons (VAP) Act do so.

6| Lend your voice to the cause

Social media is a great platform as a tool for awareness and advocacy. You can use your platform to run a campaign against rape and SGBV. You can also educate people on the issues of sexual consent, victim-blaming, and shaming, rape jokes among others.

7| Learn and gain knowledge on SGBV

You can take online courses, training, workshops, or join Tweetchats to gain more knowledge about sexual gender-based violence (SGBV).

Here are a few opportunities you can apply for;

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative: Prevention of Campus Sexual Violence Programme

This call for application is open to ALL STUDENTS in TERTIARY institutions in Nigeria. The 4-week virtual classroom training is designed to help participants respond to the issues of sexual assault, the concept of consent, and how survivors can get adequate help. Deadline June 26, 2020. Apply here more details here

Let’s keep the conversation going in the comment section. Share the ways in which we can work together to deal with rape and sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) in our communities.

Thank you for reading.

Love Veronica

 

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