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NGO organises youth football competition on GBV awareness

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 NGO organises youth football competition on GBV awareness
NGO organises youth football competition on GBV awareness

1 An NGO, YouthHubAfrica, has organised a youth football competition in Ebonyi as part of its awareness campaign against sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.

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2 Mr Augustine Onwe, the organisation’s Field Officer, told newsmen during the final match in Abakaliki that it was organised in collaboration with the European Union (EU)-Sportlight Initiative.

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3 Onwe said that the competition was used to re-awaken the people’s consiousness on violent acts against girls and women in the society.

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4 “We decided to meet men through football and educate them on the dangers of such acts.

5 “This is a game majorly partaken by men as the participants have been tutored on various topics and laws which protect girls and women,” he said.

6 He said that eight teams from the 13 local government areas of the state participated in the competition.

7 “The Golden Boot Football Club defeated Green Revolution FC 3-1 in the final and we are happy that the intended messages were duly passed,” he said.

8 Onwe noted that the organisation was a platform for young people in Africa involved in social change.

9 “We also engage in youth advocacy and policy orientation,” he said.

10 Coach of Golden Boot FC,  Godo Obinnaya, commended the organisers for the competition and pledged to practicalise all they were taught.

11 “The programme opened our eyes on the need to end violence against girls and women.

12 Coach of Green Revolution FC also thanked the organisation for the competition, noting that it created awareness on the dangers of GBV.

13 Mr George Etemaso, state Director of the Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Centre, urged the participants to spread the sensitisation to peer groups, friends, relatives and the public.

14 NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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