The sixty-third session of the commission on the status of women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11th to 22nd March, 2019. Representative of member states, UN entities and accredited non-governmental organization (NGOs) from all regions of the world attended. The theme for the meeting include :social protection systems , access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and also the empowerment of women and girls .There was a review theme of the sixtieth session on women's empowerment and the link to sustainable development.
Grassroot Advocacy involves communicating with the general public and prompting them to engage elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels. WOCON uses Grassroots advocates to raise public awareness on issues so that the general public can influence public perception, regulations, and public policy. While direct lobbying we conduct to bring arguments for or against a specific measure to legislators and government officials, grassroots advocacy relies on citizen-based activism.
WOCON has used Grassroot Advocacy to tackle Children Trafficking, Women Trafficking, Violence against women and more.
Pictures from makoko community out reach on the 5-12-2018 on Campaign Against Sex Trafficking (C-A-S-T 2018) .. Venue:Makoko round about tabs, Lagos. .... About 40stakeholders including igbo, Hausa and Even Community, the Ashupa of Makoko, the chief Imam, the pastor of Celestial Church of Christ, members of Federation of Muslim Women of Nigeria (FOMWON) , youths, community leaders, market women and the District Police Officer (DPO) were all in attendance.... Presentation given was centred around the following.. 1.Raising Youth as Change Agents .2.
WOCON Team was at Gbaja Senior Girls High School Surulere on 21st of February 2019. This school outreach is in continuation of our Equality Now - sponsored Campaign Against Sex Trafficking (C-A-S-T 2018) project. The student, 100 in all are SS1, SS2 and final year SS3 students of the public secondary school in Lagos. The interactive session entertained over 20 interesting questions from the students after they listened to the topic "Human Traffickers' Recruitment Methods, Sexual Slavery and Abuse, Who can be Vulnerable and What can be done when help is needed?
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision is the cutting or removal of some or all the external female genitalia (which include removal of the clitorial glans,inner labia, outter labia and closure of the vulva).
The practice is rooted in gender inequality,attempts to control women's sexuality and ideas about purity, modesty and beauty. FGM is usually initiated and carried out by women who see it as a source of honour and fear that failing to have their daughters and grand daughters cut will expose the girls to social exclusion.
WOCON implemented on United Nations office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC)’s behalf a European Union-funded Grassroots Awareness Campaign Project under the Promoting Better Management of Migration in Nigeria Project in the targeted communities of Badagry and Oyingbo.
This Project sensitized the beneficiaries who were at least 50 vulnerable at risk women and youth who could fall easy prey to traffickers’ dynamic recruitment methods including those who were rescued through Open air, market and motor park campaigns in each targeted community.