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Our Initiatives

 In line with our thematic areas for the sustainable development goals, our initiatives which are clear, sustainable and all encompassing include:

  • Fistula repairs for indigent women and girls.
  • “Hey woman” series that addresses gender based violence.
  • Environmental advocacy termed “Hygiene first” that aims to promote positive hygiene habits.
  • Human trafficking: We drive conversations and create public awareness regarding human trafficking.

Extended Hands Foundation continues to embark on campaigns that supports its thematic areas.

Fistula Repairs for Indigent Women and Girls

The figures released by the world health Organization are staggering and even though Fistula was eliminated in developed countries a century ago, It still affects two million women. (Source of data, WHO, 2019).

Fistula in Africa:

Today, at least one million women in Africa needlessly suffer from untreated fistula.

Nigeria, an African country has been reported to have one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world.

According to the latest UN global estimates, 303,000 women die every year in childbirth, or because of complications arising from pregnancy. This equates to about 830 women dying each day- roughly one every two minutes.

Each year, 50,000 to 100,000 new women experience obstetric fistula, which consists of an abnormal opening between a woman’s genital  tract and her urinary tract or rectum.

How Fistula Occurs:

An Obstetric fistula occurs when a mother has a prolonged, obstructed labor, but does not have access to emergency medical care such as a C- section.

The result of prolonged and obstructed labor, often leads to fetal and maternal death.

 It is a major injury to girls and women who survive excessively long labour during childbirth, but may suffer stillbirths and subsequently develop incontinence and a vulnerability to infections.’

"According to World Health Organization, obstructed labor is responsible for up to 6 percent of all maternal death (WHO, 2019)"

Gender Based Violence

The “Hey Woman” series addresses Gender based violence in all its forms.

“Hey Woman” creatively addresses the various distressing thoughts that cripple a woman’s mind in the face of abuse and oppression. It is an anthem of encouragement and unity among women and men.

What is Gender Based Violence

Gender Based Violence can be defined as any act that causes physical, sexual or emotional harm and reinforces gender inequality.

"It is estimated that 736 million women have experienced physical or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime".

Violence against women and girls, was already a pervasive problem before 2020.

It surged in the wake of covid-19 with many women having reported feeling more unsafe since the start of the pandemic.

Nearly 7 in 10 women ( 68 percent) say that verbal or physical abuse by a partner has become more common and 1 in 4 women describes more frequent household conflicts.

Over the past year, nearly 1 in 10 women aged 15+( 9.9 percent) have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner.

For women between the ages of 15 and 49, that figure jumps to 12.5 percent.

On a global average, a woman or girl is killed by someone in her own family every 11 minutes.

Environmental advocacy termed “Hygiene first” that aims to promote positive hygiene habits.

“Hygiene First – My New Habit” campaign is an initiative of the Extended Hands Foundation aimed at the conscious awakening of good hygiene habits among people and communities in Nigeria and  to ensure Nigerians take responsibility for their personal and community hygiene.

It is widely accepted that small changes make big impact on our way of life. These changes, when positive and deliberate, help in shaping our lives far more than we probably realize. The “Hygiene First – My New Habit” campaign has one ultimate goal – inspire Nigerians to make good hygiene our habit

Human Trafficking

As an advocate against human trafficking, Stephanie Linus partnered with the UN Women, under the project on Preventing Forced Migration and Trafficking in Women and Girls in Nigeria, funded by the Italian Government, to produce a PSA that spotlights the dangers of human trafficking of women and girls for sex and forced labor. Using a unique theatrical style, the human rights advocate walks through different scenes where actors are portraying thesteps used to lure victims and the consequences of their actions.