AFRILAW, NELCCI partner Enugu govt to eliminate gender based violence

The African Law Foundation (AFRILAW) in collaboration with Newlife Community Care Initiative (NELCCI) is partnering with Enugu State government to eliminate all forms of gender based violence against women and girls in the state.

The group representing twenty CSO’s in Enugu, funded by European Union and implemented by British Council Agency for Citizens Transformation (ACT), paid a familiarization visit to the Commissioner for Ministry of Children, Gender Affairs and Social Development Enugu, Mrs Ngozi Enih and rolled out their activities for 16 days activism to eliminate gender based Violence for the year.

The Executive Director AFRILAW foundation Chinwuike Okereke in his address emphasized that 16 days activism is a United Nations yearly global event that starts from 25th of November and ends on 10th of December. He stressed the need for Enugu State government and CSO’S in Enugu to mark the event in the State.

According to him “This is actually the first time the event is happening in Enugu and we thought it good to partner with the ministry to make it happen. We mapped out the advocacy visit to acquint you about the 16 days activism. We have a plan which we can work with you to celebrate this big event in Enugu”.

“We have many activities. We have what we call acting meeting, where we tweet, gazette messages on social media, on why we should end violence against women and girls, looking at the theme of the year which is “Unite, invest to prevent violence against women and girls”.

“Social media campaign is one of the key activities. we have two big conferences we want to do. We want to partner with Enugu State with a theme “State Finance on Gender Based Violence”. We want to discuss the need of government support on budget in issues, programs, project that advance the course of GBV”.

“We want to let you know why the Local government Chairmen should make it a priority to put in some efforts, funds, investments towards preventing GBV within their local government areas. We want to get stakeholders together, organise private and government institutions to drive message of when we should invest resources towards preventing gender based Violence”. 

“We want to organize Men’s conference, engaging men and boys accross the strata of the State, sensitizing, discussing with them and reinstate commitment on the need to end GBV. We believe collaborating with men will help achieve the aim. They will help and spread the message to their various places. he said”.

The State Focal Person, Agents for Citizens Driven Transformation (ACT) Kobi Ikpo earlier in her speech noted that evidence has shown that men are the highest gender based Violence perpetrators and that is the reason behind the men conference.

She said the conference will be a heart to heart discussion that will senstize them to know that every disagreement with the females should not end in fist fighting and violence. We will interrogate their roles and discuss issues of toxic masculinity and how we can promote healthy masculinity. She further assured that the conference will be very impactful in achieving the elimination of gender based Violence in Enugu State.

The Commissioner for Children Gender Affairs and Social Development Enugu State Mrs Ngozi Enih appreciated the Advocacy visit saying that it is timely and will help her to achieve her mandate and Governor Mbah’s priorities to have peace and Harmony in every home in Enugu State  

She expressed her Joy in the issue of men conference, stressing that talking to the young boys will make them withdraw and feel sober because most of them grew up in abusive homes and it has become a norm to them. 

 Furthermore, the Executive Director, New Life Community Care Initiative (NELCCI) Florence Ifeanyi Aneke expressed her Joy on the outcome of the partnership familiarization visit, saying that various activities had been rolled out within the 16 days activism on gender based Violence.

According to her, the activities which will commence from Okpara Square Enugu on 26th November includes Road show to Sensitise public on the need to end gender based Violence, social media campaign, stakeholders meeting, Men”s conference and other activities that will end on 10 December which is human right day. 

She advised the public to collaborate with CSO’S and Enugu State government to eliminate gender based Violence against women and girls in the State.

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