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CARTA Graduate awarded funds to support global efforts to end violence against children

CARTA Graduate Adesola Olumide, Cohort Three, from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria has been awarded close to US$30,000—by a U.S public charity—to communicate and publicize a set of global strategies geared towards ending violence against children ages 0-17.

The award-winning proposal was submitted to the INSPIRE Fund and after a rigorous review process, was awarded funding by the U.S-based public charities, New Venture Fund and Ignite Philanthropy: Inspiring the End to Violence against Girls and Boys.

At least one billion children globally – over half of all children aged 2–17 years – have experienced emotional, physical or sexual violence in the past year according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Violence against children includes various forms: sexual abuse, neglect, emotional violence, physical abuse, and psychological abuse. This violence, research shows, has devastating impacts and leads to a wide range of health and social problems.

“I have been involved in prevention of violence and unintentional injuries and I am excited about the current opportunity. I worked on a proposal that focused on prevention and response to violence during the 2017 CARTA Graduate workshop where I received input from the facilitators on the proposal. I believe this support contributed to the success of the application I submitted for the INSPIRE Fund.”

The strategies, published by WHO and other partners in 2016, are: 1. Implementation and enforcement of laws; 2. Norms and values; 3. Safe environments; 4. Parent and caregiver support; 5. Income and economic strengthening; 6. Response and support services; 7. Education and life skills (safe schools). Also known as INSPIRE strategies.

Adesola will disseminate a technical package called INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children. These are evidence-based strategies to support countries in their efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children ages 0-17 years.

She will run a series of activities where she will share information on the strategies and interventions to prevent and measure the impacts on levels of violence against children from the INSPIRE report and INSPIRE Implementation handbook over an eight-month period, up until June 2019. She will target a wide audience including policy makers, children and adolescents, and other individuals working with children and adolescents.

In addition to receiving funding in September 2018 to disseminate the INSPIRE technical package, as a fund recipient, Adesola will automatically become a member of an informal network—the INSPIRE Implementation Working Group—of some 100 agencies committed to implementing INSPIRE-related programs. She will also report on her activities to the Working Group and the INSPIRE Advisory and Operational Support Team. She will also be invited to take part in the INSPIRE Training of Trainers early in the year and will be a focal point/champion for INSPIRE-related activities in her country.

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