IFI-CtD WORKSHOP ON SRHR AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE [PRESS RELEASE]INCRESE
18 November 2019,
SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR) AND CIVIC
PARTICIPATION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE.
When the root causes of social problems are altered, existential problems will be eradicated in
a sustainable manner. This is the theory of change for the INCRESE Feminist Institute –
Connecting the Dots launched in July 2017. This morning, INCRESE launched the opening of
an intensive two-week workshop entitled: Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and
Civic Participation for Social Change in Minna, Niger state, where some 20 young people aged
between 19 and 35 years old, from the six geo-political zones of Nigeria will be trained. The
workshop is aimed at enabling adequate advocacy skills for young people to ensure consistent
progress in the domain of Political Participation, Health and Development.
For INCRESE, to ensure sustainable development, it is important to recognise the
intersectionality of rights, their promotion, protection and their implication to development
at large. The two-week workshop is divided into two parts. The first part seeks to improve the
knowledge of participants on the promotion and protection of SRHR and the second part seeks
to educate participants on how their civic engagement and participation could be useful in
advancing SRHR in Nigeria.
“As part of addressing root causes of social problems, civic participation – especially through
political engagement – is an important strategy to hold the government accountable at every
level of governance. The INCRESE Feminist Institute is committed to nurturing 500 young
people over the period of 10 years, to imbibing strong principles of good governance, human
rights, anti-corruption, transparency and accountability, and to eject them into the political
system for progressive disruption, in favour of sustainable development in Nigeria” said
Dorothy Aken’Ova Cesnabmihilo – Executive Director of INCRESE.
The Institute aspires to enable a movement of allies that is capable of working together to
protect and defend a broad range of human rights issues, particularly sexual and reproductive
health rights. As well as connecting with socio-economic sectors for broad-based and
integrated civic engagement, fight against corruption, and political participation towards
social change in Nigeria.
Thus far, the Institute has mobilised different movements, from the communities of people
with disabilities, sexual and gender diversity groups, people living with HIV, young people, to
the feminist groups.
At the end of the workshop, the participants will be attached to a group of experienced activists
who will mentor and support them technically during the implementation of their respective community project, for a period of six months.
Founded in 2000, in response to the emerging issues identified during the first five-year
review of the International Conference on Population and Development-Cairo, INCRESE
aspires to be the number one SRHR organisation working for a world where the SRHR of
marginalised and discriminated populations are fully respected and protected.
About INCRESE Feminist Institute – Connecting the Dots:
Connecting the Dots is INCRESE’s Feminist Institute on intersectionality of rights and social
change through advocacy and political participation for the defence and protection of human
rights of disadvantaged populations. The project is inspired by our longstanding activism on
issues relating to Human rights, in particular, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights;
appreciating our successes and recognising our shortcomings. Over the years, there have been
signs of progress in the work we do and in the context within which we operate. While there
has been the passage of some laws in favour of the promotion of women’s right and protection
of sexual reproductive health rights, there has also been the passage of discriminatory laws
that exacerbate violence and marginalise specific population of Nigerians in the access to
healthcare services and means of livelihood. This phenomenon of change raises questions
related to the structural issues and root causes of the social problems we work to alleviate.
For more information about INCRESE and the Feminist Institute – Connecting the Dots, visit www.increse.org.
Executive Director – INCRESE