From Tongnaan Bawa, Jos
The need for collaborative effort between government and key Stakeholders to end gender-based violence, especially against women and girls dominated discussions at a one-day media parley in Jos.
Organized by UN Women Nigeria the parley is part of activities marking the 2023 sixteen day of activism held at the Valada Hotel in Jos.
The global Sixteen Day of Activism is celebrated from the 25th of November to the 10th of December every year to draw attention to and respond to violence against women and girls as a public health, gender equality and Human rights issues.
This year’s celebration is being celebrated under the theme, “Invest to prevent violence against women and girls”.
To support the campaign, UN Women, Nigeria gathered stakeholders at a one-day media roundtable to galvanize advocacy efforts and share knowledge to help end all types of violence against women and girls.
State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Caroline Darfur while declaring the session open, gave an assurance that the violence against person prohibition law will be fully implemented to check rising cases of violence against women and girls in the State.
An array of discussants drawn from the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the Media and other civil society organizations who took turns to digest on this year’s theme called for more investment and awareness on issues related to violence against women and girls.
National Consultant Supporting Women, Peace and Security, UN Women, Nigeria, Dr.Olutoyin Falade made a case for a global and wholistic approach to prevent violence against women and girls.
Prime Time News reports that there were goodwill messages from the representative of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, He4She in Nigeria and Media Network who all stress the need for practical steps to be taken to end gender-based violence, especially against women and girls.
Featured at the event were question and answer sessions.