Services

WHAT WE DO

We are involved in various services the focus on adding values to the society such services includes:

HARO

OCEAN advocacy and preventive education seeks to inform and empower young people on AIDS and reproductive health issues. HARO works with young people between the ages of 14-24 years.  The Unit’s intervention involves advocacy, behaviour change communication and community dialogue on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and other health related concerns, which is achieved through preventive education, sensitisation and capacity building. HARO also gave birth to the “Lend a Helping Hand; Orphans Smile!”; Project which, provides social, psychosocial support, life skill training and educational support to orphans and vulnerable children.

Governance and Democracy (GAD)

OCEAN’s governance department promotes responsible governance through innovative strategies like its leadership-training program. OCEAN advocacy skills in this area also includes legislative advocacy with members of parliament.  The unit has garnered a wealth of experience in legislative capacity building sessions and educating policy makers about the public interest perspective. GAD plays a central role in the democratic process by providing means for public participation and promotion of the common good. Budget advocacy, budget analysis and budget tracking activities fall under GAD.

Reproductive Health

  • Nearly one third of Nigeria’s total population of 170 (2006 Census Report) million is between the ages of 10 and 24. Nigerian adolescents’ sizeable share of the population makes them integral to the country’s social, political and economic development. Nigeria’s development is compromised by the sexual and reproductive health issues afflicting its youth. Lack of sexual health information and services make young people vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. However, OCEAN is working to improve adolescent reproductive and sexual health through policy advocacy, prevention programming and service delivery. Since democratic elections in 1999, Nigeria’s government has been more willing to address HIV/AIDS. The government is also credited with being more open than it had been allowing civil society to take the lead in addressing sexual and reproductive health concerns. Gender dynamics influence access to reproductive health for both men and women. For example, in male-dominated relationships, men may be less likely to accept a woman’s request to use a condom or her desire to abstain from sexual engagement entirely, thereby increasing sexual and reproductive health risks for both partners.
  • While a young woman’s difficulty in negotiating condom use is further exacerbated in cross-generational relationships, as well as early marriage which are fairly common in parts of Nigeria.  The age gap limits a young woman’s autonomy and her ability to make decisions, including her ability to negotiate condom use or refuse to have sex with a husband who is known to be unfaithful for have an STI or HIV/AIDs. These are factors that impede a healthy lifestyle and can lead to reproductive health complications.

 

Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Gender violence in Nigeria is a growing problem, especially in Nigeria. In the past few years, there have been many cases of domestic violence, sexual exploitation, early marriage and rape of minors. From forced and early marriages to the physical, mental or sexual assault on a woman, nearly 3 in 10 Nigerian women have experienced physical violence by age 15 (NDHS 2013). One in every four Nigerian females will experience sexual violence as a child. Yet conversations on sexuality remain taboo in Nigeria, especially among young people between the ages of 10 and 18. Moreover, Nigerian women are regarded as subordinate to men. This culture of sexual ignorance, coupled with enforced stereotypes, demeans women and contributes greatly to gender-based violence. This is taking a terrible toll on Nigerians – old and young alike. OCEAN has supported communities with support from Amplifychange to reduce the incidence of GBV in IDP Camp in Plateau North Central Nigeria and has established a Network Alliance Against Gender Based Violence to build capacity of more NGOs and to help cascade the lessons to CBOs, Communities and various associations and groups to help reduce the trend in North Central Nigeria. OCEAN is advocating, providing pro bono services for victims, trauma healing and counselling and also provision of safe house and shelter through some of its partners to victims.

 

Human Rights

At OCEAN we believe human rights is the basis for achieving sustainable development and ensuing that both men and women enjoy the benefits of their communities to the fullest. So utilizing the rights based approach is a key strategy for OCEAN’S work. We encourage communities we work with to be fair and open minded so that both men and women can reach and achieve their full potentials. We offer pro bono services we support from our partners and also offer succour to young people in conflict with the law as well as social support and counselling for victims of gender based violence.

Women Protection and Empowerment

Gender mainstreaming occupies a frontline position in OCEAN, indeed advocacy initiatives are tailored towards mainstreaming gender disparities across the organization’s area of interventions. OCEAN is working to promote gender equity and encourage both men and women to take advantage of opportunities to attain leadership and decision making position where resources can be utilized to address gender disparities which has impeded development and progress in Nigeria. The department offers an annual gender and leadership forum, this helps to build the capacity of different groups on emerging gender issues. It also serves as a way of encouraging advocacy and debate on gender by providing the necessary skill for engagement at different levels.