Poetic Dialogue on Nation Building

Following our first successful dialogue on “Poetry as a Tool for Social Justice” in commemoration of World Poetry Day 2021 where we highlighted the issues of social justice in Nigeria, and found the need to further use Poetry to proffer solutions to the issues affecting our Nation.

The second Poetic dialogue is aimed at using the voices of young Nigerian Poets to dismantle what holds us back as a people and a nation.

This second dialogue will feature poets carefully selected all over Nigeria who will make use of their gift of poetry to encourage Nigerians to contribute to meet the above stated objectives. These poems will be centered on nation building taking into cognizance the current state of insecurity in the nation. These poems will proffer solutions to issues of banditry, kidnapping, farmers-herders conflict, IPOB, Boko Haram and economic decline in Nigeria.

It is our submission that poetry can help build bridges by bringing people together to find common grounds to prevent and/or end conflicts. It is also our submission that it is possible through poetry to block the “markets” for recruitment of persons engaged in banditry and kidnapping. It can create counter narratives to the Boko haram ideologies. We believe poetry can serve as a soft approach to insecurity by the winning minds and soul of the society in general.

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World Poetry Day 2021 – Poetry as a Voice for Social Justice

You are specially invited to the LS Annual World Poetry Day 2021. Every 21 March is World Poetry Day. It is a day to encourage people to read, write, teach, and publish poetry and to recognise the great cultural contribution poetry makes to human society. This year the LS ANNUAL WORLD POETRY DAY is using Poetry as a Voice for Social Justice in Nigeria Please see flier below for details. Attendance is free; however, registration is required. Kindly click on the link below to register, details will be sent to your mail upon completion of registration.

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“AN APPRAISAL OF THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM ON ELIMINATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

LEX INITIATIVE FOR RIGHTS ADVOCACY AND DEVELOPMENT (LIRAD) IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM 2020 ORGANIZES A DISCUSSION TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, 8TH DECEMBER 2020 ON FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM LIVE.

INTRODUCTION

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was initiated in 1991 by the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute, held by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University.

Since 1991, more than 6,000 organizations from approximately 187 countries have participated in the campaign. Theme for 2020 international Human Rights Day is recover better.

Every year, the campaign introduces a new theme, or continues an old theme. The theme focuses on one area of gender inequality and works to bring attention to these issues and make changes that will have an impact.

The theme for the year 2020 is “ORANGE THE WORLD: FUND, RESPOND, PREVENT, COLLECT!

In 2020, COVID-19 touched our lives in nearly every way, everywhere, as countries went into lockdown and restricted movement to contain the spread of the virus. As doors closed and isolation began, reports of all forms of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, began to rise.

The pandemic of violence against women is not new. Even before COVID-19 hit us, globally, 243 million women and girls were abused by their intimate partners in the past year. The COVID-19 pandemic intensified the violence, even as support services faltered and accessing help became harder.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • The discussion seeks to examine the impact 16 days of activism campaigns have made in ending violence against women and girls.
  • Participants will hear first-hand for uniquely authoritative speakers on women and girls’ rights.
  • Participants will understand the aim of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
  • Participants will learn 10 ways to help to end violence against women and girls even during this pandemic.

We look forward to welcoming you to the discussion.

SIGNED

AUGUSTA YAAKUGH

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

LEX INITIATIVE FOR RIGHTS ADVOCACY AND DEVELOPMENT (LIRAD)

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SEXUAL AND GENDER MINORITY PROGRAM

Sexual and Gender Minority

The program’s mandate is to advocate for and work towards equality inclusion on discrimination, non-violence, and non-heterosexism for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and asexual persons (LGBTIQ+ persons). This is done through hate-crime prevention and diligence in hate-crime prosecution; legal aid for LGBTIQ+ victims of discrimination and violence; LGBTIQ+ empowerment through human rights education and country-based, regional and international advocacy actions.

WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAMME (WHRP):

WHRP Project

The WHRP is a programme aimed at providing legal protection for women’s rights, access to justice, fight against sexual and gender-based violence as well as to promote human dignity and respect for the rights of women.
The programme’s goals are to:

  • Improve the legal framework for protection of victims of domestic violence
  • Enhance education and awareness on women’s rights.
  • Improve women’s participation in public life and policy making
  • Integrate respect of women’s rights in public polices, legislation and administration of justice, and
  • Provide legal support to female victims of human rights abuses.

Women Human Rights Programme comprises:

Women Human Rights Programme comprises:

  1. SGBV AND SRH Advocacy Project: The project is aimed at increasing awareness and support for the Violence Against Person’s Prohibition Act 2015 in Nigeria. It also creates public awareness on the dangers of Sexual and gender-based violence and traditional harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and its solution. The project comprises:
    • Equipping women and girls with knowledge and understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights
    • Engagement of key stakeholders on protecting the rights of women and girls against SGBV
    • to equip the key stakeholders with advocacy skills for promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights
    • Providing Legal Aid to female victims of human rights violations, including victims of SGBV and remand imprisonment
    • Promotion of Reproductive Health of Women: It focuses on providing resources for grass roots community-based organizations and health workers on rights of women to reproductive health.
    • The project also seeks to address the human rights issues on HIV/AIDS and to offer legal support to victims.
  2. Women in Politics Project: This project aims to combat marginalization, discrimination and violence against women in the politics of Nigeria, and in order to assist women politicians acquire knowledge to organize their political campaigns and promote their political aspiration to people and the media. It is a grass roots platform for women across political parties to meet and share experiences, build and support one another. LIRAD aims at encouraging experienced and successful female politicians to mentor the younger and less experienced ones. This project is also to encourage women participation in politics at the grassroot level
  3. Women Empowerment Project (WEP): The project is aimed at empowering indigent women who either have the capacity to start a business but have no capital or those who are running petty day to day businesses and are aspiring to expand the business. The Pilot States for the Project are Benue, Oyo, Ebonyi, Jigawa and Delta.

Advocacy on International Day of the Girl Child 2020: My Voice, Our Equal Future

My Voice, Our Equal Future Project

Advocacy on International Day of the Girl Child 2020: My Voice, Our Equal Future

Today, the world observes the International Day of the Girl Child in accordance with the UN declaration of 2011.

It is a day to celebrate the uniqueness of the girl child as well as amplify the unique challenges the girl child is facing on a daily basis.

Theme: My Voice, Our Equal Future
The theme for 2020 addresses the global call to action that we should:

  1. Improve the lives of girls and aspire to make their lives better wherever we are.
  2. Increase the need for girl activism.
  3. Demand for laws to free the girl child from sexual and gender based violence, including the removal of cultural, social, educational and economic obstacles that are impeding their wellbeing and progress.
  4. In line with the aims of the 2030 Agenda for the SDGs that we should leave no one behind, it calls for a reflection and commitment on our responsibilities towards the girl child. For we are all stakeholders for the girl child.

The Beijing Platform For Action also recently listed the protection of the girl child as one of the twelve (12) main areas of concern.
To this end, LIRAD is calling out for a positive change in this regard. We must continue to strive to protect and preserve the rights and interests of our girls. The focus should be to generally secure the human rights of all girls even in this period of COVID-19 pandemic which exposed them to various challenges.
Girl – child rape, defilement and abduction is still on the increase. It has become a scourge and the girl child is no longer safe. That is why the theme for this year is apt. let us raise our voices against the challenges they face so they can be safe and in turn, they will have the opportunity to excel now and in the future.

Tech-A-Child

TECH-A-CHILD PROJECT

Tech-A-Child

LIRAD seeks to introduce the concept of information technology to children living in rural communities in Nigeria through the Tech-A-Child Project. The intended strategy is approach with an accumulation of small details before introducing the children to a high level or high concept approach.

The purpose of the Tech-A-Child Project is to bring engagement on how new technologies can help transform education of children in less privileged communities in Nigeria. LIRAD has found through research that those who are most able to benefit from the introduction of ICTs (e.g. children with educated parents and good teachers, who live in prosperous communities, etc.) are indeed the ones who benefit the most. Therefore, LIRAD is taking proactive steps to mitigate the issue of lack of technology education which should benefit poor and disadvantaged children.

The Tech-A-Child Project is an intervention that has been designed to expose, enlighten and introduce children in the less privileged communities to information technology by training them through series of direct actions.