WARIF Boys Conversation Cafe is an initiative designed to target cohort groups of young boys in secondary schools in Lagos, Nigeria. The project seeks to prevent rape and sexual violence through mentoring and educating young boys; changing their already existing mindset on the issue and encouraging them to be protectors and not perpetrators. Currently, there is no curriculum on the prevention of sexual violence on best practices that has been designed and made available for boys in Nigeria.
The Boys Conversation Cafe is an initiative that was designed in response to the focus group discussions carried out by WARIF to identify the issues relating to gender based violence amongst cohort groups of teenage boys between ages 13-17 in senior secondary schools. Some of the results obtained confirmed 1 in 5 boys will choose to walk away rather than intervene and assist when a girl is being harassed, with 81% of the teenage boys believing that a rape survivor is responsible for the abuse.
This project will help to: 1. Reduce the high incidence of rape and sexual violence in communities through education and change the mindset and attitudes of the adolescent boy -child. 2. Educate boys who will act as protectors rather than bystanders or perpetrators. 3. Equip young boys with the knowledge and the tools to assist in the prevention of gender-based violence.
The Education of 105 Senior Secondary School Boys on the prevention of gender based violence in their community. 20- 25 Students per session (4 weeks) 40 Students per school 2 Selected Schools 2 Academic School Terms 16 Mentors in 2 Schools (8 Mentors per term) 4 WARIF Staff