Advocacy and Campaigning
Stepping Stones Nigeria’s advocacy work shines a light on some of the most challenging issues facing Nigerian children today. We educate, persuade and assist a huge range of different groups to uphold child rights, and we work diligently to ensure governments fulfil their responsibilities to children.
Our advocacy and campaining work is cnetred on the Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) Campaign. This is a global campaign that aims to give a voice to the voiceless and bring about long-term change for the Nigerian child, particularly those at risk of child rights violations including witchcraft-related abuse and trafficking.
To prevent the abuse of children in Nigeria by changing mindsets, policies and practice.
Our vision is a world where all children are able to live without fear of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual abuse.
Find out more about PACT by clicking on the links below:
Throughout Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, children are tortured, killed and abandoned every day due a strong belief in child witchcraft. Operation Enlightenment aims to effect long term change about the belief in child witchcraft by using radio adverts, posters, Nollywood films and music CD’s to raise awareness of child rights amongst communities and highlight the legal consequences for those individuals found guilty of labelling children as ‘witches’. It is anticipated that challenging the abuse of children as a result of this common belief will help to reduce the maltreatment, abandonment and trafficking of children in this region.
PACT Music Album
This combination of hip-hop, reggae and R ‘n’ B is played to communities in the Niger Delta to spread the PACT message in a fun, unique and exciting way.
This is exciting children’s book uses child-friendly language and colourful illustrations to explore issues such as child abuse, child abandonment, false prophecy, family and friendship. It is distributed free in schools in the Niger Delta and is also available to buy on Amazon.
The Fake Prophet
In 2011 SSN released it's first ever Nollywood film - 'The Fake Prophet'. The film challenges and denounces child witchcraft accusations, child trafficking and fraudulent Pastors operating within the church community. The film is currently being distributed throughout Nigeria, and we plan to also distribute it in other African countries and the UK. We are so excited by this project and are convinced that it will generate discussion, raise awareness and most importantly, help to protect and transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable children. Click here to watch the trailer of The Fake Prophet
400 years since the Lancaster Witches
In 1612, ten people were hanged at Lancaster Castle after being accused of witchcraft. This 2012 project highlighted that, 400 years later, people are still dying due to witchcraft accusations. Click here for more information
Facilitating Participatory Approaches with Children in the Niger Delta
Despite the increase in participatory initiatives since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, questions remain about the effectiveness of participatory approaches undertaken with children in societies around the world. In order to help to address this, during 2013 we worked with the University of Sheffield on a research project which explored how child rights NGOs in the Niger Delta understand child participation and use it in their work, highlighted the value children’s participation can bring to communities and NGOs by eliciting the views of children on various aspects of their rights and welfare and developed a set of recommendations and a training manual which is being used to build the capacity of NGOs in the UK and Nigeria. Click here for the project report.
SSN works with a coalition of small, grassroots organisations in the Niger Delta who are passionate about child rights. Through a small-grants scheme and training events we hope to develop their capacity and further promote the aims of PACT, thereby increasing civil society’s ability to respond to violations of child rights.
If you would like to get involved with the PACT Campaign, click here to find out more.