Women Go On! Campaign, A Global Campaign for Women and Girls

More than 20 years of research on traumatic stress by Dr. Chioma I. Igboegwu and work with civilian, police and military trauma survivors, including prisoners, revealed gaps in knowledge, policies and institutional capacities, due to neglect of the psychological dimension as a priority in the agenda for women, children and youth development, education, health, social and criminal justice system. These gaps produce weak institutions, adverse socio-cultural environment and diverse categories of psychologically destabilized, disoriented and disillusioned populations, which form the weak social capital that perpetuates violence, including gender-based and domestic violence, including sexual violence; suicides, human rights abuses and breeches of International Humanitarian Laws (IHL), and the violation of national and local laws and norms that regulate what is acceptable use of force by military, police and non-state actors in various communities and nations across the globe, including Nigeria, other nations in Africa, Middle East, entire Asia, Europe, North America, South America, among others.

This social dilemma has been seen as a severe threat to the safety and security of women and children, especially the girl child, because they are the most vulnerable when their families and communities are torn apart by violence. These gaps also constitute a serious threat to present day and collective future survival of the people across the globe, and the sustainability of global civilization.

This recognition inspired Chioma Igboegwu to develop the “Three-Dimensional Psychological Intervention Strategy (3-DPIS) Model, to bridge the highlighted gaps, as well as guide those who work with trauma survivors, including victims of sexual violence; researchers, teachers and clinicians in the traumatic stress field, and to mobilize communities, national, regional and international cooperation for implementation of the 3-DPIS, in order to transform and empower institutions and communities break the vicious cycle. The 3-DPIS is aimed to transform and empower institutions and communities to break the cycle of violence and accelerate public safety, security and development, integrating cutting edge issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, drug demand reduction, COVID-19 prevention and recovery.

Since women and children, especially the girls child, are most vulnerable in adverse socio-cultural environment, which is evident in Nigeria and other conflict-torn societies, various advocacy, information and education (AIE) materials, including the book, “Womanhood in Peace and Nation Building: A Collection of Poems Heralding a New Dawn”, and the musical album, titled, “Women Go on!” as well as Posters, have been produced for a global campaign to mobilize women and girls for a peaceful social change through the 3-DPIS Model. The campaign is aimed to inspire women and girls on their roles, relevance and potentials as formidable pillars for inspiring and strengthening, in the hearts of their people, the longing and enthusiasm for the values that serve as building blocks for peace and upliftment of families, communities and nations. It is aimed to inspire and empower women and girls through education, art and culture, to know their role and enhance their skills in politics and leadership, in order to facilitate social change through the bridging of the highlighted gaps in the various sectors, for the arrest of the highlighted crises through the 3-DPIS. The AIE materials for the Women Go On! campaign were sponsored by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

These AIE materials have been produced as resource materials for the global campaign for women and girls, as a component of the 3-DPIS Model, for the collective task of breaking the cycle of violence, including gender-based and domestic violence (GBDV); to accelerate social change, public safety, security and development.