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Stakeholders advocate end to GBV



Stakeholders advocate end to GBV

Some stakeholders have called for the need to prioritize marginalized women and girls to end violence against women and girls (VAWG) as well as harmful traditional practices in the country.

They called in a Flashlight Action on Girl Safety (FLAGS) 16 days of activism in 2021, to end gender-based violence on Thursday in Abuja.

Ms. Adetayo Erinle, Executive Director of the Tabitha Cumi Foundation (TCF), said that the high case history of GBV calls for the need for all stakeholders to collaborate to end the scourge, as well as to ensure that offenders are processed.

According to her, the 2021 global theme, “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women and Girls Now!” it was a call to amplify actions and voices to end gender-based violence.

“We advocate for inclusive, comprehensive and long-term strategies, programs and resources to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in public and private spaces, prioritizing the most marginalized women and girls.

“Expand on success stories that demonstrate VAWG are preventable strategies and interventions to inspire all stakeholders to scale up what works.

“Raise awareness among healthcare workers and the public about GBV referral pathways.

“Engaging stakeholders to make the ‘Do No Harm Commitment’ and commit to reporting cases of gender-based violence,” he said.

It revealed that the NGO will run the Trust Fund sponsored by the FLAGS project to end VAWG to support 750 marginalized adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 in 10 communities in the states of FCT, Nasarawa and Niger.

She explained that girls would be better informed about gender-based violence and linked to multisectoral response services in the context of COVID-19.

“FLAGS will create safe spaces in the community for learning facilitated by Amintacces (teacher) and will link survivors of gender violence to a virtual case management center coordinated by Mama-yara (health officer) in primary care centers. health workers in the communities that work with IFAD and the police to achieve the project’s results.

“We will work with community leaders and all different groups in the community (men, women, boys and girls) to create a strong awareness of GBV and provide support for prevention and response, as well as to create an environment conducive to that marginalized adolescents prosper, ”according to her.

Ms Maryam Shuiabu, Deputy Director of the Federal Ministry for Women’s Affairs, highlighted the need for all stakeholders to join the government to end gender-based violence.

Shuiabu also encouraged parents and community members to speak out and support to ensure these cases are reported and the perpetrators are prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

Additionally, Ms. Funmi Kolanole, Gender Office Officer, FCT Police Command, said the 16 days of activism to end GBV was a wake-up call for all stakeholders to join the fight. and ensure that not all cases are dropped, but rather addressed to the latter.

“This program shows how important the fight against this pandemic of gender-based sexual crimes is in the hearts of everyone around the world.

“All hands must be on deck to end violence against women and girls, and with our efforts together we will start VAWG in Nigeria,” she said.

Similarly, Ms. Binite Alero, a member of the Talitha Cumi Foundation board of directors, said that more gender-based violence advocacy activities will help end the practice and encourage people to speak up.

“It is another opportunity for all of us to shout, speak out against violence against women who suffer at the hands of the opposite sex.

“Wherever you are, whatever you do, that little bit you can do to protect that young woman, that old woman, that middle-aged woman from the hands of those who seek to oppress her through gender violence,” he said.

For his part, Dr. Sunday Goji, Director of the Primary Health Center (APS), Bwari Area Council, commended the organization for its support of the council, and called on law enforcement agencies to be proactive in the management of GBV.

“Because most of the time, survivors do not have access to health facilities for timely examination and treatment because some of the evidence needed to prosecute offenders is not available.

“Even boys, boys, are also affected. There is abuse of young children in society that they take away, it continues, but we do not know it because there is denial especially at the community level, “he said.

Source: NAN

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