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As COVID-19 has spread, Alliances for Africa (AfA) has become increasingly concerned about the surge in violence against women and girls in Nigeria. Executive Director Iheoma Obibi shared AfA's quick responses to mitigate violence against women and girls with a multisectoral approach.
In response to calls by the Nigerian government for non-governmental organizations to set up efforts to prevent and end violence against girls, the Sexual Offences Awareness and Victims Rehabilitation (SOAR) Initiative launched a project in 2016, with funding from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) to prevent violence against girls. The project is mobilizing communities and schools to protect girls from sexual violence in two communities – Dutse and Wumba – in the municipal area of the capital Abuja.