Young women in rural Nigeria ©

Arne Hoel / World Bank

June 2022

The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme is working to tackle sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria. 

The Sexual Offences Awareness and Response (SOAR) Initiative - a civil society organisation - identified four rural communities in the Federal Capital Territory to address the problem of child sexual abuse. These communities recorded high numbers of out-of-school children and rates of child sexual abuse. 

With RoLAC support, SOAR helped establish Community Child Protection Committees comprised of community leaders and community members who acknowledged the problem and were committed to doing something about it. Community Child Protection Officers were identified and trained to lead the initiative. 

This case study illustrates the impact that can be achieved when community members come together to address a serious problem. It shows what a community can do to protect the rights and wellbeing of children, and how to create strong community child protection systems. 

Learn more and download the case study below.