Skip to content

Publications

Strengthening the Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria

Nigeria

Women across the world, regardless of income, age or education, are subject to physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a global pandemic that affects one in three women. In Nigeria, 31% of women have experienced physical violence and 9% have experienced sexual violence. High rates of SGBV in Nigeria and globally necessitate a strong and sustained service response, particularly through front-line service providers such as sexual assault referral centers (SARCs).

In 2018, Pathfinder International, through the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project and with funding from USAID, implemented the Strengthening the Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Project. The project aimed to strengthen the response to SGBV by supporting 10 existing Sexual Assault Referral Centers (SARCs) in nine states across Nigeria. These SARCs provide essential medical, forensic, and counseling services to SGBV survivors as well as referrals and linkages to other support the survivors may require. As SARCs are critical frontline responders for people experiencing SGBV, the project focused on enhancing their capacity to sustain their provision of quality, comprehensive services and strengthening their relationships with other organizations, governments, and communities to create a comprehensive, sustainable approach to SGBV prevention and response. 

Download this Publication

Featured Stories & Perspectives

A Mother’s Day Wish: Making Access to Reliable Reproductive Healthcare a Global Reality

Mother’s Day is a time of celebration in the United States, but this year let’s also make it a time…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Pathfinder Tanzania, Our Global Watchtower for Safeguarding

At Pathfinder, we are committed to safeguarding—protecting the people we serve, our partners, and each other from exploitation and abuse.…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Social & Behavior Change—Fostering Sustainable Change from Within

Pathfinder is well known for increasing access to lifesaving healthcare, reaching millions with contraception, saving countless women from dying in…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Why We Advocate – Part 3: Recent Wins for Pathfinder – And for Rights!

This is the third piece (see part one and part two) in a series on Pathfinder’s work advocating for sexual…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Pathfinder Annual Report 2023 – Women Who Lead

Pathfinder programs champion the rights, health, and success of women and girls around the globe—for their own benefit, and for…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Protect, Pay, and Promote Women Health Workers

An abbreviated version of this content appeared in Health Policy Watch during World Health Worker Week. Each woman in the…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Partnering with Community Health Workers to Prevent Malaria Fatalities

More than half of people living in Burundi contract malaria annually—totaling more than 8 million cases—with highest prevalence in the…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Uniting Refugees and Host Communities in Egypt to Improve the Safety of Women and Girls

Migration has been on the rise for the past five decades, and there are currently more than 280 million people…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

The Health Worker Crisis Continues—What Can We Do About It?

Five recommendations to address the global health worker shortage and other challenges. This post originally appeared on the Frontline Health…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Democratization of Data—Essential for a Country-led Organization

How Pathfinder has transformed data use to be more inclusive, localized, and results-oriented Pathfinder’s country-led strategy seeks to have teams…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Championing Digital Solutions for Improved Health Care Delivery to Mothers and Children

The GeoST4R project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, employs innovative digital strategies that contribute to data-informed decisions…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Ending AIDS in Children—The Time is Now

ACE2 improves prevention, care, and treatment in three Nigerian states Despite almost halving the number of HIV infections since 2010…

Read The Story