Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi is a gender equality advocate as well as Sexual and Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response expert. At the 2020 Commonwealth Day Service with the Queen of England, she was appointed Commonwealth Official Flag-bearer to lead the Procession of Her Majesty. In recognition of her incredible work on advancing gender equality.
Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER) is a leading youth-led organisation that is advancing gender equality and end to Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) by pushing for policy advocacy, facilitating prevention of sexual violence through awareness-raising and providing holistic psycho social support to survivors of SGBV. We work with communities to develop homegrown solutions by working with families of survivors to provide survivor-centred interventions. STER, over the years, has been doing the following.
1. Advocacy: Pushing for policies that protect and defend the rights and well being of Nigerian women and girls. STER works with other civil society organisations to engage stakeholders and lobby legislators to push the agenda of women and girls forward.
2. Awareness: Creative campaigns aimed at changing knowledge, attitudes and practices that contribute to SGBV and highlight its impact on its victims and survivors, and share this across different communication channels.
3. Prevention: To influence knowledge and behaviours around SGBV, STER conceptualises and implements strategic programmes with the aim to prevent the incidence and prevalence of sexual violence while promoting gender equality. One of such programmes is the Consent Education Programme where we engage men and boys within formal and informal settings on consent and gender equality to curb attitudes and practices perpetrated by men around SGBV.
4. Support: STER provides survivor-centred interventions to victims and survivors, which include facilitating emergency medical support, litigation support, mental health therapy and other specific support required. We support the Nigerian Police with prosecution process. Through these initiatives, STER is setting a course for SGBV prevention while ensuring that those who have experienced one form of SGBV or another can receive adequate support.
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