The Nigerian Association of Women Entrepreneur (NAWE), Delta State Chapter, in south-south Nigeria, have moved for the development of a cost-effective multi-sectoral action plan to effectively combat Sexual Gender-Based Violence (GBV), in the State and across the country.
NAWE made the call during a flag-off ceremony held at the office of the First Lady, Delta State, Her Excellency Tobore Oborevwori who charged the women to take the message of sexual violence against women and the girl child to the grass-root.
Speaking on the sideline, the Chairperson of NAWE Delta State, Amb. Philomena Badaiki said the group will intensify effort in carrying out advocacy on the menace of Child abuse especially as it regards sexual violence against women and girls.
Badaiki said though NAWE has always embarked on advocacy but will add more vigor during this period that the world is marking the 16 Days of Activism.
She noted that the costed multi-sectoral action plan is a “multi-year road map designed to help the state achieve its goal of eliminating violence against persons.”
The Chairperson emphasized that this plan is a critical tool to transform the state’s broad goal of “zero tolerance for violence against women into concrete activities and policies.”
NAWE stressed that the plan determines the “human, financial, material, and technical resources needed for policy implementation,” providing guidance on which activities to prioritize and support.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development, Delta State, Dr. Pat Ajudua said it will provide a rallying point for all partners in the SGBV space in step up awareness on the negative impacts of violence and abuse against women and girls.
The Commissioner added that the ministry will also help to influence behavioral change against harmful practices and securing political and legal commitment to the total eradication of gender based violence.
She condemned the conspiracy of silence by parents and relatives of victims as well as that of religious and community leaders, describing it as a major setback in winning the fight against SGBV.
However, the flag-off of the 16 Days Activism was demonstrated by a rally (long Walk), which terminated at the office of the First Lady of Delta State.
The group that joined the rally were International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Nigerian Association of Women Entrepreneur (NAWE) and other women groups.
Our correspondent reports that the 16 Days Activism is a global campaign established by the United Nations to raise awareness on issues of sexual and gender based violence, to evaluate the programmes and policies by both government and stakeholders for the elimination of SGBV across the globe.