Traditional Leaders as Gender Champions

CAAGI Project

The influence of Traditional leaders in Nigerian community or society is huge and unique. Culture or cultural practices are deeply entrenched in the societyís way of life. Culture shapes our way of life which also influences our day to day decisions and choices we make on all issues of life. The traditional leaders are trusted authorities within their communities and are well positioned to be catalyst for change.

On the 28th to 30th November, 2018, Gender Awareness Trust (GAT) in partner with Development and Peace Initiative (DPI) supported by Christian Aid sensitized and trained 15 selected Traditional leaders from project implementation areas of Zangon Kataf, Makarfi and Chikun LGAs in Kaduna state under a project titled "Collective Action for Adolescent Girls Initiative" (CAAGI). The training built the capacity of Traditional Leaders on Adolescent Girls issues and how to ascertain and address social and cultural norms that limit Adolescent Girls opportunities in life.

At the end of the training, the 15 selected Traditional leaders from Zangon Kataf, Makarfi and Chikun LGAs have committed to advocate and champion the promotion of Positve Masculinities towards improving choices and opportunities for Adolescent Girls through Education and Empowerment. This effort is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal No.5, to achieve Gender equality and empowerment for women and girls.


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