The positive action for girls and women fund (PAGW) sponsored by
The positive action for girls and women project was carried out in three phases. The first phase
ran through November 2017 – May 2018, the second started in June 2018 and ended in
December 2018. The final phase of the project was conducted from January – December 2019
During the entire period of the project, a lot was achieved in respect to the welfare of internally displaced women and girls in Taraba State.
The goal of this project was to
Carry out vulnerability screening for livelihood and skills beneficiary
Deliver age appropriate Sexual and Reproductive Health messages through age peer
Conduct skill acquisition trainings for benefitting women and girls
Disburse cash as seed grants for business take-off for vulnerable women and girls
Despite the setbacks encountered, we were able to meet these requirements and make positive impacts on the lives of the women and girls.
Delivery of age appropriate sexual and reproductive health messages through age
appropriate peer-led sessions. This activity was conducted in 12 communities in Jalingo and Ardo-kola local government areas of Taraba State We were able to conduct age appropriate peer group education sessions which consisted of 9 and 11 persons per group for the girls and women respectively during the three phases of the project. 30 girls and 25 women were trained as per educators. The teachings within each group was tailored to enlighten the women and girls about their sexual reproductive rights, measures to prevent HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), and ways to promote healthy practices and behavior. We were able to reach 1,885 girls and 1,990 women through these peer group sessions.
Distribution of essential sexual protection material
We were able to distribute 14,792 pieces of condoms and lubricants, distribute 367 free
menstrual hygiene kits to 367 girls, share 1,320 menstrual kits to young girls. We also conducted family planning sessions for 89 couples where they were enlightened about child spacing and other heath reproductive issues. We helped 157 girls and 71 women access health facilities for syndromic STI screening, treatment and counseling. 121 girls were able to access health facilities for reproductive health counseling through this project. We offered STI syndromic testing and treatment to 129 girls, and lastly, provided counselling and family planning to 245 women. 158 of these women, and 189 sexually active girls went on to receive birth control interventions from our partner health facilities in the state.
STI Testing We used this opportunity to test 2,190 persons (women, girls, and men) for HIV. Those who tested positive, were referred to HIV/AIDS treatment facilities for further treatment after
conducting their confirmatory test.
Hepatitis B test was done for 2,239 persons while 1,839 persons were tested for Hepatitis C. we referred those who tested positive to our partner health care facilities for further treatment and care then gave out HBV vaccines to those tested negative to HBsAg (Hepatitis B Surface
Antigen). CFID took a step further to conduct about 13 Town Hall meetings with key opinion leaders, religious, and traditional rulers to discuss issues related to sexual health and dangers of forced or early marriage.
Skill Acquisition Trainings
We selected 35 girls and 78 women to undergo intensive training and benefit from the livelihood
support for displaced girls and women through our well-structured selection process These girls and women were initially trained by various professionals in the aspects of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and business skills. Afterwards, they were made to undergo a 6-month training in their selected business areas to help them become savvy in the intricacies of these businesses.
At the end of the training, we gave seed grants to the women and girls to help them start up their businesses.
To ensure the safety of these women and children, CFID conducted talk sessions with
community leader, religious leaders, and security agencies in the state to discourage early and forced marriages among girls and women, and also prevent trafficking of girls, especially among those who are displaced in the state.
As an organization that believes continuity is key to achieving our goals, we organized 15 town hall meetings across all host communities to round up this project and use the avenue to build lasting relations with host communities. During the town hall meetings, we emphasized on the need to continue to care for internally displaced women and girls.
Although these are baby steps to improve the health and lives of internally displaced women and girls, we believe it would go a long way in changing the narrative especially in how these women and girls are treated.