STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN POLITICS (STOP VAWIP) PROJECT
The Stop-VAWIP campaign is unique project that works to ensure that immediate services are available for VAWIP survivors who may not otherwise have access to the social and legal assistance they need. The program also addresses the gender data gap and strengthens the capacity of domestic election observers to recognize, monitor, mitigate and report violence in Kaduna State and also built the capacity of the observers on how to mobilize and engage. Through continued and thoughtful communication and outreach, the Stop-VAWIP campaign has increased community and public awareness about violence against women. Through continues advocacy and engagement, the Stop-VAWIP has form a synergy between the security agencies and all electoral stakeholders in Kaduna state.
The Stop-VAWIP campaign was able to mop out women all over the 23 LGAs and get out their vote during the 2019 general elections. Prior to the election, the Stop-VAWIP campaign lead in Kaduna, LANW, and its women mobilizers widely publicized the campaign hotline – 0800-220-0000 including on radio. By raising awareness of the hotline and the Stop-VAWIP campaign’s mission, on the whole women of Kaduna state should have greater confidence to participate in the election, knowing the concerns of women were being monitored and supported through the survivor’s service methodology. Through a comprehensive training, the hotline operators learned how to receive calls, record incidents systematically, and refer the incidents to an array of services including: legal, counseling and other psychosocial support.
The Stop-VAWIP campaign also established a centre to receive calls to its violence against women hotline. The centre has served as the central location for all operations, including where incidents of violence against women from the hotline were tracked and crucial support was bridged to survivors through collaboration between the security services, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), and other service providers.
The Stop-VAWIP campaign deployed a critical system for coordinating service delivery and timely access to services for survivors, otherwise known as the response procedure. Through the procedure, hotline operators shared incident information with service providers with the mandate to respond to such incidents. These stakeholders constitute the Stop-VAWIP Action Committee, or SVAC. The SVAC, evaluate cases as they are received to determine how to verify and escalate them. As incidents are verified, the response mechanism deploys respondents to survivors and/or the location of the incidents, hence leading to an effective response to incidents before, during and after the election. These respondents include police, social workers and other victim support services. In addition to the Stop-VAWIP Action Committee and trained hotline operators, the Stop-VAWIP campaign trained about 69Local Government Area (LGA) coordinators/Mobilizers spread across the 23 LGAs to verify incident reports and provide support to VAWIP survivors.
SVAC and Stop-VAWIP Survivor Center received and responded to over 100 calls on the day of the 2019 election. About 95% of the calls were on logistic challenges - malfunctioning card readers and insufficient materials.