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Reducing stigma against those affected by Boko Haram

This project helps to address the stigma and negative perceptions associated with women and girls who have escaped Jama’atul ahl al-sunnah li da’awati wal jihad – commonly known as Boko Haram – as well as children born out of conflict-related sexual violence, in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria.

Women and children have suffered from large-scale abduction, recruitment and sexual violence during the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. On returning home, they now face suspicion, rejection and even violence by their families and communities. Children born out of the sexual violence face further stigma.

Addressing the obstacles to women and children’s reintegration is therefore critical for their survival and long-term peace in the country. We hope to improve understanding of the challenges faced by women and children returning home by holding community workshops in internally displaced peoples camps and broadcasting radio programmes on stigma and sexual violence.

We will also improve the reintegration of women and children by supporting their referral to support services.

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Life after Boko Haram

Global outrage was sparked three years ago when 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria were kidnapped by the insurgency group Boko Haram. They are just some of the 8,000 women and girls, and many boys who have been abducted in Nigeria, the majority of whom remain in captivity, largely forgotten. Watch Jummai's story about her life after escaping from Boko Haram.