Empowering Religious and Community Leaders as Gatekeepers and Champions Towards Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria and Ghana
We are delighted to provide an update on the commencement of a series of training courses designed to empower religious and community leaders as gatekeepers and champions in addressing gender-based violence (GBV) in Nigeria and Ghana. These training courses are being implemented by the Development Initiative of West Africa (DIWA) in collaboration with the Da’wah Institute (DIN).
Recognizing the importance of faith-based approaches and narratives in promoting positive change, DIWA has expanded the training curriculum to equip participants with faith-based tools and narratives. These tools will enable religious and community leaders to effectively address GBV within the framework of their respective faith traditions. By integrating faith-based perspectives, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of GBV and promote gender fairness based on religious teachings and principles.
In addition to the faith-based component, the training courses will provide participants with skills in strategic communication and evidenced-based advocacy. Effective communication is vital in challenging harmful social norms and disseminating messages of justice and fairness on the basis of gender differences. Through targeted training sessions, participants will enhance their communication skills to effectively engage with diverse audiences and convey messages that resonate with the values and beliefs of their communities. Furthermore, evidence-based advocacy will be emphasized, enabling participants to utilize research, data, and best practices to influence social and behavioral change (SBC).
The training courses will employ a participatory approach, combining interactive sessions, case studies, and group discussions to facilitate peer learning and the sharing of experiences, perspectives, and best practices. Practical exercises will be incorporated to strengthen participants’ critical thinking abilities, enabling them to provide sustainable alternative narratives and alternative offers.
DIWA remains committed to building a network of empowered religious and community leaders who will actively contribute to the eradication of GBV and the promotion of gender equitable norms and practices. By equipping participants with faith-based tools, strategic communication skills, and evidence-based advocacy techniques, we believe they will be better equipped to address GBV and drive positive change within their communities.
We express our sincere appreciation to the Da’wah Institute for their valuable collaboration and expertise in delivering these training courses. Together, we strive to create a transformative impact and foster gender equitable and friendly behaviours in our communities.
We extend our invitation to all religious and community leaders in Nigeria and Ghana to and other stakeholders to join hands and support this justified cause. Together, we can make a significant difference and work towards building inclusive and equitable societies based on the principles of our faith traditions.