• Areas of Intervention

    Areas of Intervention

Gender MainstreamingIn most societies, women are disadvantaged in social, political, legal and economic terms due to the prevailing gender roles and gaps. These women account for more than 60% of the worlds’ poor. In Nigeria, 80.2 million women and girls have significantly worse life chances than their male counterparts. However, awareness on the need for gender mainstreaming is gradually emerging. In spite of the relevant approaches, it is difficult to translate policies into practice. Thus the challenge is to create an enabling environment in which women participation and empowerment can be increase.

With the understanding that men and women experience poverty differently and face different barriers in accessing financial services, economic resources, enjoying an enabling business environment and political opportunities; SEDIN identifies strategies in increasing gender awareness among its partner organization on gender issues and also promote women participation in economic development.

HIV/AIDS has been recognized as a major threat to development and human wellbeing. According to the NARHs survey conducted in 2012, Nigeria’s national HIV prevalence rate is 3.4%. It also showed that people within the age group 35 -39 years are the most affected with a prevalence rate of 4.4%. Gender inequalities, chronic and debilitating poverty, and persistence of HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination are contributing factors to the spread of the infection.  A high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate can seriously hamper development and deplete rapidly the resources badly needed to contain the spread and treatment of this disease. Different strategies have been pursued to respond to the disease, one of which is HIV mainstreaming.

SEDIN’s activities in HIV prevention contribute to the long-term benefits of the programme and thereby also to economic growth of the regions. The major emphasis of its HIV/AIDS mainstreaming plan is that the human and communication potential of the programme is fully utilized to reach as many people as possible and to institutionalize the fact that even private non-health organizations have a vital role to play in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Educational tools such as information Education Communication (IEC) materials are strategies employed by the programme, other strategies include institutionalization of HIV task force in partner organizations, capacity development for NGOs/CBOs domicile in programme states and technical support to State AIDS control Agencies.

SEDIN, through its gender mainstreaming and HIV mainstreaming, seeks to increase women participation in income generating activities and increase awareness on prevention of HIV in order to achieve sustainable results. This mainstreaming is done through a cross-cutting approach