In its commitment to address the issues affecting girls confidence and empowerment, leading consumer goods company, Procter & Gamble (P&G) Nigeria partnered with the Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) to facilitate the educational programs (WARIF Educational School Program – WESP) around Gender Based Violence, helping girls build their confidence while supporting the organisation with the acquisition of personal protective equipment (PPE) for WARIF’s front line health care.
The partnership is driven by P&G Employees through P&G Employee Covid-19 Support Fund where employees made voluntary contributions to sponsor identified NGO (WARIF) as part of giving back to the community. P&G as an organisation matched 100% of total Employee contributions to reiterate its corporate commitment to Education and Gender Equality Citizenship Pillars.
The mandated lock down in 2020 and stay at home directive due to the COVID – 19 pandemic resulted in increased number of cases of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) as well as child abuse cases reported to WARIF as more women and children were in quarantine with their abusers.
The WESP Initiative, which started on March 10 at Oregun High School, was a four-week program themed “Identifying the Signs and Preventing School Related Gender-Based Violence.”
The program included P&G’s “Always Menstrual Hygiene Session.” Commenting on the initiative, the P&G Senior Director for Africa, Global Government Relations & Public Policy, Mrs. Temitope Iluyemi, reiterated P&G’s dedication to gender-based issues.