WOMEN VOICE AND LEADERSHIP (WVL)
The overall aim of the project is to create a network of community based grassroot organizations to campaign and support communities to advocate and act against maternal mortality. The CBOs are being supported to empower communities to act on the cause of every maternal death in the community. Twelve CBOs have been selected and their capacity built to commence work in after MOU agreement is signed. Implementation strategy is planned with the CBOs in . The actions happen at the level of family or community as well as advocating to government and other stakeholders. The campaign will use media, including social media to promote women’s human right to life and dignity. The campaign slogan is “Ceto mai nakuda ibadat ne” (saving the lives of women giving birth is a religious obligation). The campaign use evidence from the community and hospital to bring the issue of maternal mortality at the centre of public discourse and to support communities and families to act. The loss of women’s lives giving birth to Nigerian citizens needs to drastically reduce. To achieve the reduction, all the death must be documented, disseminated and acted upon. This is a right issue, a right to life and respect. It is about the right of pregnant women to give birth safely and with respect and in a dignified condition.
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
High rate of maternal mortality in Kebbi State is no longer news with the appalling statistics that 71℅ of pregnant women in the state are not attending antenatal care services, as highlighted last week Thursday, during multi-stakeholder meeting held in the state with the theme: Catalyzing Accountability for Maternal Health, co-hosted by Nigeria Health Watch, Africa Care and EPI Africa. This lack of patronizing ANC by pregnant women in the state, your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen is a recipe for the high rate in maternal deaths, which call for collective action to end the scourge. And this is one of the main reason of our gathering here today to launch Action Aid’s Women Voice and Leadership Nigeria Project funded by Global Affairs Canada, in which NANA proposes to work on women sexual and reproductive health issues specifically to reduce maternal mortality rate in Kebbi State. The project will campaign against maternal mortality by highlighting the enormity of the problem especially in rural communities and the circumstances lead to it. As well as holding actors accountable for maternal death in the state, thereby promoting women’s human right to life and dignity. In addition, NANA will carry-out other interventions that will reduce maternal mortality in the state through collaboration with Community Based Organizations that would be mapped out in the three senatorial districts of the state where our organization will work.
To end this briefing, NANA would like to commend their Excellencies, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and his wife, the First Lady, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu for their commitments and concern towards realising this all important objective. Just recently at the multi-stake holder meeting earlier mentioned, the Governor has reiterated his administration’s commitment towards doing more to end maternal mortality in the state.To this end, NANA is calling on all stakeholders in the state to get involved in the campaign to ensure healthy delivery of babies. And because the challenges are many, all hands must be on deck to get Kebbi free of maternal deaths or reduce the problem to bearest minimum.
NANA WVL APPROACH
As part of efforts to promote and protect the rights of Women and Girls in Nigeria, NANA Girls and Women Empowerment Initiative with funding from ActionAid Nigeria through the Women’s Voice and Leadership Nigeria Project, announces the commencement of a 5-Year
This project is fully supported by Global Affairs Canada.