This memo covers the month of June 2015 (data coding and uploading lags by a month) for the focus states of Borno, Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, and Delta.
For June 2015, the reports received by the NSRP Observatory increased again, following a slight dip in May 2015. Overall, the level of reported incidents of Violence Affecting Women and Girls (VAWG) has been increasing since the beginning of the project last year. A second key success of the project is the increase number of organizations focused on gender issues who have registered as Peace Agents on the Observatory platform for scoping and networking; since July 2014, the number has nearly doubled from 38 to 66.
Reports of VAWG have increased over the last several years. In June, as in previous months, reports of violence affecting women and girls in the Niger Delta and North Central Region have mostly involved sexual and domestic violence, while those in the Northeast Region have been associated with insurgency and counter-insurgency violence.