Gender Hub Heightens Its Reach Across V4C’s Intervention States
With a convergence of about 200 participants from the private and public sector, non-governmental organisations, the media and Kaduna State University; a new chord to deepen the understanding of Gender Hub struck within the city of Kaduna, on Tuesday 6 November 2016.
Having established that as an experimental online resource, Gender Hub has been useful for researchers, academics, policymakers and gender activists, the Voices for Change (V4C) programme saw an opportunity to extend its reach to people offline. While this was an avenue to show existing Gender Hub subscribers how to use the knowledge acquired from the hub, new users were also taken through the process of registration and using the hub effectively.
Urging all participants to leverage on this one-stop shop for gender knowledge, Samuel Oruruo, the Gender Hub Support Manager explained the need for people to have real access to such a resource in order to “help keep the wheel of gender knowledge spinning”. Patience Ekeoba, V4C’s Research and Evidence Lead during her presentation described the hub “as interactive, participatory, involving and engaging platform that provides a meeting point where people who work on gender can come together to rub minds.”
Working collaboratively in the group discussion sessions, participants mapped out how they intend to carry the message with them beyond the workshop. Among the key agreements were to: create smaller networks for more engagements, sensitise traditional and religious leaders to drive home key messages amongst their communities and congregations and lastly, organise social clubs amongst primary, secondary and tertiary institutions to transfer knowledge and skills gained from the e-courses. The participants appeared motivated by the workshop experience and they committed to act and call others to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the hub and the use of gender knowledge from the hub in their workplaces, school and families.
Speaking on the importance of Gender hub in Nigeria, Bobai Bonnet, a participant from one of the group sessions said that, “there is a paradigm shift as times have changed and there is a need to create a future generation that is gender sensitive.” With over two thousand Nigerians who have at one time or another taken part in the Gender Hub eLearning programme and over sixty thousand who have visited the Hub, these on-the-ground meetings will mark the beginning of a greater level of impact through the Voices for Change Programme in Nigeria.
This first series of on the ground meetings, which kicked off in Kaduna, continues in Lagos, Enugu and Kano on the 8th, 13th and 15th of December respectively.