Nigerian NGO wants stiffer measures to stop gender violence against girls, women

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A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in the Nigerian Southeast, known as Virgin Heart Foundation” has called for stronger proactive measures by governmental and non-governmental institutions to protect the rights of Girls and Women against gender-based violence.

This, it argued, had become inevitable in view of the gravity of the effects of violence in society.

The Executive Director-Peace Dike made the call at a ceremony marking the 2023 Edition of the International Day of the Girl child held in Owerri, the Imo State capital which drew the participants from various Girls Secondary Schools in the State.

From Maternal Healthcare and parenting support for adolescent mothers, to digital and life skills training; from comprehensive sexuality education to survivor support services and violence prevention programmes. Dike argued that there “is an urgent need for increased attention and resourcing for the very key areas that enable Girls to realize their rights and also achieve their full potentials”.

According to her, in 2023 and beyond, it is envisaged that women and Girls would live violence free lives in society devoid of gender injustice, stressing that it is only by protecting the rights of women and Girls that justice and inclusion, economies that would work for all and sustainable shared environment now and for the future generations would be guaranteed.

Dr (Mrs) Ada Okwuonu – the Executive Chairman of the Imo State Universal Basic Education Board (IMSUBEB) represented by Dr. (Mrs) Adim – Madumere Chinwe – Director/Desk Officer UNICEF and other NGOs, IMSUBEB decried the Increasing incidence of Girl child molestation, defilement, rape, violation and dehumanization in various ways which effect her future.

Okwuonu lamented that despite the domestication of the child rights law in many countries including Nigeria, the Girl child is still a victim of circumstances when it comes to making decisions and choices regarding her future.

She lauded the theme of the ceremony – “invest in Girls’ Rights: our leadership, our well being” as apt which she observed encapsulates the urgency and importance of addressing the rights and opportunities of Girls today.

The Executive Director of “Oge and Sam Ikeh Foundation – Oge Ikeh in an address jointly delivered as a collaborative effort by “Heal Global Foundation, Osai Foundation and Virgin Hearts Foundation (VHF) said that the three (3) foundations are in a strategic partnership to raise awareness through campaigns that nurture and promote girls right, highlight the discrimination and violence experienced by girls, advocate information on sexual reproductive health, education, protection from child marriage and gender – based violence to create a world where girls could thrive and are out of poverty through adolescent girl Empowerment Scheme (STAGEher) Initiative.


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