CLEEN Foundation with support from the United Nations Women (UNWomen) has launched ‘Preventing Forced Migration and Trafficking of Women and Girls’ Project in Nigeria with Support from the United Nations and the Italian Government.
The launched novel project is titled: “Preventing forced migration and trafficking of women and girls in Nigeria: Build resilience, promote sustainable development”.
Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation, Dr Benson Olugbuo in a press statement said the project specifically aims at enabling a gender sensitive policy environment that addresses forced migration and trafficking and increasing gender sensitive information and awareness raising in source migration trafficking sites.
He said the project also broadly seeks to support and strengthen the gender-responsiveness of interventions by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and other relevant government agencies.
“CLEEN Foundation, under the above-mentioned project will be responsible for implementing key activities in Edo and Lagos States that contributes to the following major outcomes:
“An enabling gender sensitive policy environment that addresses forced migration and trafficking is in place, whose design and implementation is influenced by women and girl’s rights organizations in source migration trafficking sites.
“Increased gender-sensitive information and awareness-raising in source migration-trafficking sites contribute to the prevention of women’s irregular migration and trafficking.
“To this end, the Foundation has embarked on active collaborative engagement with various government Ministries, Departments and Agencies including NAPTIP and law enforcement institutions such as the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Immigration Service; civil society and community representatives in both project states.
“The intervention will involve the conduct of gender audit of protection services within existing shelters and safe homes and other services by front-line service providers.
“ This will form the basis for the development of specialized tools and trainings to enhance gender-responsive service delivery for security, health and justice sector agencies and training for community-based women’s organizations to enhance their advocacy and communication capacities in the two project states,” he said.