The Africa Led Movement Webinars: The recent rise of GBV in Nigeria


Magool and Hidden Scars teamed up to host The Africa Led Movement Webinars, a unique webinar series where we will hear from grassroots African activists currently galvanizing a response to Covid-19, whilst trying to protect women and girls from violence. In these webinars, we will give the activists the opportunity to give you their first-hand experience on what it is like to deal with a pandemic in exceptional circumstances, without adequate support and drained resources.

Each fortnight we hear from grassroots activists in Africa and delve into the key issues arising in these unprecedented times. Following the recent reports of an increase in cases of rape and brutality against the girl child in Nigeria, our next webinar will address the rise of gender-based violence (GBV) in Nigeria during a global pandemic. We will hear from experienced activists in this field: Clare Henshaw, Hassana Umoru Maina & Kolawole Olatosim whose bios you can find below.

Clare Henshaw is a well-heeled international development professional best known for her work in human capital development & gender-based initiatives spanning across several marginalized population segments in Nigeria & West Africa. She is the founder of Girls Inspired Africa & i-Safe Consulting. Clare who works extensively as an independent development consultant for nonprofit organizations, currently serves as Country Coordinator for The Migrant Project Nigeria. She served as a lead Technical Adviser to Lagos State Employability Support Project, under Arksills Nigeria. Clare is the initiator of Protect-HER Campaign, an initiative to train and equip 1,000,000 young girls in the next 48 months with self-defense skills against potential violence, while building their confidence to protect their agency as women.

Hassana Umoru Maina is one of the pioneer members of the ArewaMeToo campaign, a campaign aimed at ending sexual violence. She leads a team of vibrant young men and women in Borno State where they go to both conventional and Islamic schools creating sexual awareness with the aim to curb sexual violence. She coordinated the standstill rally for NorthNormal, which seeks to advocate for the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act across all states in Nigeria. She runs a weekly program on her Instagram, the ABCs OF Sexual Violence, where she invites guests from all works of act with the aim to normalize the conversations on sexual violence and break the culture of silence and shame that surrounds the topic. Hassana Umoru Maina has been a guest to literary events and sat on panels;Yasmin Elrufai Foundation, Purplesilver Community, Ahmadu Bello University Day of literature, the Women for Women event, Open Arts, and KABAFEST.

Kolawole Olatosimi Ademola is a child and youth protection advocate, who hails from the South Western Region of Nigeria. Mr Kolawole Olatosimi has been involved with activities concerning children and youth for more than 15 years, and has a strong passion to ensure that society creates an enabling environment for their growth and development. He is the National Coordinator and senior program officer of Child and Youth Protection Foundation (CYPF), a Non-Governmental Organization based in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He was a one-time Northcentral zonal coordinator and the past National President of the Network of CSOs against Child Trafficking, Abuse, and Labour (NACTAL) 2014 -2017. Kolawole coordinated the development of the CSOs complimentary report on the Nigeria 2nd and 3rd periodic report to the African Union Committee of Experts on the rights and welfare of the child and also led the delegate that presented the report to the committee of experts at the 31st session of the ACERWC. He was also a Member of the grant appraisal committee of NGAX41, a UNDOC project funded by the European Union 2014 to 2017, a project which supported more than 8 CSOs in creating awareness on the issues and also support the rehabilitation and empowerment of victims of human trafficking.

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