Safe space, key to restoring confidence, hope, network for women and girls – UNFPA

UN Population (UNFPA) says Women and Girls Safe Space (WGSS) is key to restoring confidence, hope and building network among the female gender in the North East.

The ’s Media Associate, Hajiya Kori Habib, said this in a statement to the News Agency of Nigeria () in Abuja on Wednesday.

Habib, who said that the WGSS an avenue for reunion and interaction aimed at rebuilding lost confidence, added that “Women and Girls Safe Space provides a platform through which women and girls meet daily.

“It is a place safe enough for women and girls to make friends, have fun, their concerns and needs.

“It is also an environment conducive enough to acquire skills and get on various issues such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, hygiene and sanitation.”

The media associate reiterated the commitment of the UN to protect women and girls, saying that safe space, created in many states for women and girls to freely express their minds and ideas on things peculiar to them, were operated between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through weekdays.

She noted that “UNFPA trained and deployed GBV and Sexual Reproductive Health frontlines to such places through ministry of women affairs and social development to ensure sustainability, managed with strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols.

“During these sessions, general on GBV, SRH, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted (STIs) and menstrual hygiene are provided to the women and girls.

“The team comprises of two frontline psychosocial support counselors who conduct group sessions with to 60 participants per week.

“On average, around 160 are reached in these sessions in safe space per month.”

Habib explained that dissemination carried out by community mobilisers who give GBV-related through house-to-house visits.

According to her, the information dissemination sessions focus on types of GBV and the importance of seeking timely care, as well as existing referral pathways. ()