The Nigeria Justice for All (J4A) programme, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), aims to improve the capability, accountability and responsiveness of key organisations in the safety, security and justice sector to support better service delivery. Working in collaboration with local civil society organisation, J4A has been credited with establishing Nigeria’s first Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs). These centres are crucial in bridging the gap between policing, medical and social work, providing victims of gender based violence with immediate and free emergency medical treatment, forensic medical examination by specially trained doctors and nurses, and crisis support by specially trained counsellors.
Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls Through Football, an innovative programme that uses football to tackle issues of violence against women and girls in western Kenya, was also commended at the awards. This three year pilot initiative, funded by DFID and delivered in partnership with the Premier League together with UK and Kenyan civil society organisations, seeks to contribute towards the reduction of gender based violence by demonstrating that football is transformative in enabling women and girls to live free from violence and enhancing girls’ ability to claim their rights.