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Reinforcing the resilience and reintegration of girls and women in Borno state

Their role in the peacebuilding process

This project aims to improve the support provided to women and girls who have escaped Jama’atul ahl al-sunnah li da’awati wal jihad – commonly known as Boko Haram.

Women and children have suffered from large-scale abduction, recruitment and sexual violence during the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. On returning home, they face suspicion, rejection and even violence by their families and communities.

We will raise local awareness on this issue by training community and religious leaders in providing dialogue, stigma reduction and conflict resolution support in their communities.

We will also help to reduce the vulnerability of women and girls through one-to-one and group support sessions, and referrals to local social services, including psycho-social support.

In doing so, we hope to create a more understanding, supportive and protective environment for women and girls returning home, as well as for children born of sexual violence.

We work with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in nine internally displaced persons camps, local communities and local government areas thanks to funding from the Norwegian embassy; and we work in a displaced persons camp and local community thanks to funding from the French embassy.