By Sagir Ibrahim
In culmination of the first phase of the OSIWA-funded Prevention, Accountability, Support (PAS) Project, gender advocacy group, Invictus Africa has formally launched its ‘Orange Pages’, directory.
The ‘Orange Pages’ is an accumulation of SGBV responders and service providers across Nigeria, launched with the aim of promoting the understanding of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) as a way of prevention among at-risk populations, demanding accountability from duty bearers, and ensuring holistic support for survivors.
According to the executive director of Invictus Africa, Bukky Shonibare, “The “Orange Pages” complements past and ongoing efforts to curb SGBV and ensure support for survivors.
“The ‘Orange Pages’ (cued from the ‘Yellow Pages’) contains the names and contacts of verified and validated individuals and organizations, including the sexual assault referral centres, all of whom respond to SGBV and provide support to survivors. These contacts can be reached by survivors for support, advice, and referrals.
“It is important that survivors, no matter where they are in this country, know that they are not alone and that help is not only available, but that it is also accessible
“The uniqueness of the ‘Orange Pages’ is that it is not just in digital form, but also – and most importantly – printed copies, which will be distributed and made available in places where people at risk of SGBV are, such as government institutions, Local Government Areas, worship centres, private offices, police stations, hotels, apartments, community centres, schools and higher institutions, and other relevant places where people without internet can access the Directory. Our goal is to ensure SGBV survivors have access to responders and service providers anywhere and anytime they require it.”