DHR - Background

Background Information

The people of Ibadan are not immune to the myriad of problems faced in other parts of Nigeria. These problems range from bad infrastructure or an outright lack of it, to deteriorating health and educational institutions, poverty, disease, hunger, bad environmental conditions etc. coupled with the foregoing is the near absence of the rule of law, extrajudicial killings by law enforcement agents, intimidation and harassment by the ruling party and many others. The unit focuses on four related areas, namely, violence against women and children, human rights abuses in prisons, political apathy among the citizens and the tendency to use violent means as answer to conflicts.

Overall objective

The programme aims at promoting and strengthening good governance, human rights and peaceful co-existence in the Archdiocese of Ibadan.

Components and Specific Objectives

To effectively deploy its services and have a greater impact, the programme is made up of four main components, namely:

  1. Democracy and Governance, whose objective is to promote popular participation in political activities at the grassroots’ level;
  2. Women and Child’s Rights, whose objective is to stimulate a reduction in the violation of the rights of women and children;
  3. Legal Aid and Alternative Dispute Resolution, whose objective is to promote human rights, provide legal aid services to indigent prisoners and support peaceful resolution of disputes;
  4. Civil Peace, whose objective is to sensitise and empower the civil society in target areas to transform conflicts in a non-violent way.

Strategy / Approaches

  1. Serial and logically linked participatory workshops and dialogue forums;
  2. Public awareness campaigns and enlightenment programmes;
  3. Strengthening grassroots organisations by building their capacity and stimulating networking and coalitions;
  4. Legal aid and alternative dispute.