Heartland Alliance International has embarked on a program titled Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All (SARRA) for marginalized women and girls especially females who make use of drugs in Lagos, Nigeria.
The program, SARRA is aimed at empowering all women and girls to exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights free from stigma, neglect, discrimination, violence or abuse.
The stakeholders meeting which took place at the M-Square hotel, Ikeja, Lagos attracted prominent stakeholders from the Lagos State Ministry of Health, the Gender unit of the Nigeria Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos, NAFDAC, NDLEA, NGOs and CSOs among others.
The project is also aimed at preventing and promoting response to sexual and gender based violence on women and girls.
Heartland Alliance International is an organization that is poised to advance human rights, champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society where all people can participate, prosper, and reach their full potentials.
The program coordinator, Ms Chinwe Ogbonna acknowledged that the goal of the meeting was the organization’s contribution in sensitizing relevant stakeholders in order to create and promote awareness on the plight of females who use and abuse drugs and the critical need to focus on their plight.
Stating further, she said the meeting was intended to provide opportunities for participants to reflect on innovations and lessons from the field.
The participants had extensive discussions on how to support the project and expand services with the stakeholders showing commitment for the success of the project.
Heartland Alliance International has sensitized and empowered over 2000 females who use drugs in the state with sexual and reproductive health knowledge and services.