Lagos, Nigeria; May 15, 2023.
The Rose of Sharon Foundation (RoSF) partnered with the Nigerian Women Association Verona (NWAV), Italy, on the EYEFON Project. This is a key initiative of NWAV, funded by the Italian Ministry of Interior. The aim of the project was to raise awareness about the risks and dangers of irregular migration and human trafficking, particularly for vulnerable populations such as widows, widows’ children, orphans, parents of adolescents, single parents, and the needy.
Under the EYEFON project, an advocacy and capacity-building conference was held recently at the Conference Hall of the Rose of Sharon Foundation (RoSF). In attendance were RoSF beneficiaries, other NGOs, and stakeholders. Participants were encouraged to practice safe migration, report suspicious activity to relevant authorities or organizations, to prevent adolescents from becoming victims of human trafficking and irregular migration.
Speaking at the event, Dr Ndudi Bowei, RoSF country manager stated that human trafficking and irregular migration have become a menace in our society. She emphasized that the socioeconomic status and poor treatment of widows, widows’ children, and orphans in Nigeria make them particularly susceptible.
Speaking further, she stated that the EYEFON project is significant in raising awareness of such menace in our communities. “It is imperative and fundamental to have specific legal and social protection mechanisms for these vulnerable populations to encourage better treatment and reduced vulnerability.” She said.
Barrister Ijeoma Olatunbonsun, on her part, highlighted the rights of children against human trafficking and emphasized the role of parents in child protection. Mr. Williams of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRMIDP) educated participants on the process of voluntary returnees and the significance of awareness creation in communities and schools.