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Hadin Kan Mu Karfin Mu (Our unity, our strength)

Reinforcing the resilience and reintegration of conflict affected women and children in northeast Nigeria.

Building on over three years of experience promoting the peaceful reintegration of women and girls who survived Boko Haram captivity and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), we are continuing to reinforce the resilience and reintegration of conflict affected women and children and promote community peacebuilding.

Years of violence by the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State has created a humanitarian and social disaster, forcing people to flee their homes, lose access to their livelihoods and destroying the social fabric that maintained harmony at the community level. Within this context, the return of the thousands of men, women and children who voluntarily or involuntarily joined Boko Haram to their communities is a highly contentious process. Women and girls, in particular, face a painful return process to their communities when they escape or are rescued from Boko Haram. They suffer discrimination, rejection, verbal abuse, and sometimes even physical violence, from their families, friends and neighbours.

This project aims to reduce the stigma against the women and children associated with Boko Haram, equip community and religious leaders with skills to help them to understand and address challenges to reintegration, and help community members to work collaboratively to identify and resolve conflict related to reintegration.

This will be achieved through building the capacity of local peacebuilding actors, providing culturally appropriate psychosocial and economic support to vulnerable survivors, conducting dialogue sessions, community-led actions to manage conflict peacefully, sharing social and cultural activities for groups divided by conflict and sensitisation on peacebuilding through the media. Moreover, advocacy work with relevant government and international stakeholders will help to push for lessons learned to be integrated into broader peacebuilding and reintegration strategies and policies.

It started in April 2019 and will end in March 2021.