Under this department, STADA seeks to attain Sustainable Development Goal 5, Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, by ending all forms of discrimination, violence and any harmful practices against women and girls in the public and private sphere. Our aim is to empower all women and girls to take full participation in leadership, decision making and economic development.
We have a range of initiatives that we put in place to achieve our vision, this includes, addressing the underlying causes and motivators of violence against women and girls at a population level, gender-based violence (GBV) primary prevention programs aim to promote change.
We work around all forms of GBV i.e., physical violence, sexual violence, and emotional violence. This we do by advocating for implementation of Gender Based Violence policies, sensitization in community and schools and working with key stakeholders in the justice system to bring perpetrators to book. .
STADA is dedicated to put an end to teenage pregnancies, prenatal deaths, school dropouts, and the rise in HIV/AIDs infection. These we believe are some of the issues hindering the girl child from emerging into their full potential.
Under this program, we uplift the girls by teaching them very important life skills such as communication, problem solving, career choice and leadership. All this is to ensure that the girls grow up bolder and confident to be able to take up space just like their male counterparts.
We are also cognizant of the fact that girls go through so much trauma inflicted on them by their families and their society, with the help of our resident Psychologist, we take the girls through counseling sessions which aim to help them heal from past pains.
This program is the heart beat of the Gender Department, teen mothers are the most vulnerable group of women in the society since most of them became mothers due to defilement and without proper care and empowerment, these girls are easy targets to repeat defilement.
Under this program we are dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by empowering these women to be able to fend for themselves and their children by taking them through vocational training, table banking, entrepreneurship training as well as offering scholarships to those interested to go back to school.We also take them through counseling sessions to ensure they heal completely from past traumas.
Sexism, Misogynistic exploitation and other forms of social oppressions and abuse are but a few indicators of gender inequality that women continue to battle even as they try to measure up to their male counterparts. It is for this reason that we continue to build a strong feminist movement of like minded women and men as we seek to put a finality to sexism, misogynists’ exploitation, and other forms of abuse in order to fully realize gender equality in both theory and practice. We achieve this by conducting dialogues and sensitization in schools and communities to ensure that girls and women know their rights and are able to speak up when being violated.
Survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) often face stigma and discrimination in the society hence preventing them from living a wholesome life. To end the stigma, we provide a safe space for women and girls who have been affected by sexual violence to share their experiences and support one another. We initiate Sexual Gender Based Violence prevention and response and document the cases for easy follow ups. Through group therapy sessions we give them opportunities to voice their thoughts and feelings.