Economic dependence and lack of social support outside the abuser are two of the major reasons victims of domestic violence remain in abusive relationships. This project will provide psycho-social and economic support to 100 young, low literate women in the suburbs of FCT, Nigeria who are survivors of domestic violence through support groups and training on several vocational skills to help them recover and rebuild. All donations will contribute to bringing Hope to survivors of domestic violence
An estimated 25% of women in Nigeria have experienced domestic violence including physical, sexual and/or emotional violence by an intimate partner. Although there are laws prohibiting violence against women, most victims do not speak up but remain in abusive relationships due to social expectations, fear, financial constraints and lack of a social support structure outside the abuser. Through this pilot project, we will reach 100 survivors of domestic violence in Nigeria.
This project will provide a platform for economic development in addition to a support structure. The women will gain from individual and group psycho-social counselling, peer education, fiscal management capacity building, and health talks with a focus on sexual & reproductive health. They will also gain vocational skill in any of their chosen areas: automobile repair, professional culinary, tailoring, shoe/bag making, graphic design, bead-making, professional makeup and coding amongst others.
In addition to the vocational training, 10 initial survivors will get startup seeds (microfinance at low interest rates) based on their progress throughout the training period and quality of proposal bid for further economic development. The microfinance option is a sustainable way for more survivors to access loans. The project will empower 100 survivors of domestic violence with income-earning skills for financial independence to break the cycle of violence for them and their children.