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NGO collaborates with Abuja Community on sexual, gender-based violence

A cross section of participants at the inter-phase meeting organised by Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls, on Thursday in Abuja

By Ruth Oketunde

The Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls (AEIG) has collaborated with community leaders, women and youths of Bwari Area Council, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to end sexual and gender-based violence.

Mrs Abiodun Essiet, the Executive Director, AEIG, made the commitment during an inter-phase meeting with the members of the community on Thursday, in Abuja.

She said that the meeting was aimed at enlightening the community and drafting an action plan on how to address the menace.

According to her, the meeting was important to strengthen traditional justice system on how to handle such cases, as community leaders were mostly the first point of call once there is a case.

“We want to eradicate this menace in the FCT and as we are in the right step in the right direction.

“That is why we gathered members and key stakeholders of the community to provide them with more knowledge on sexual and gender-based violence and how to address it.

“So far, we have realised that some of them do not know much about it, some things that are categorised as sexual and gender-based violence are not regarded as such because of their cultural and religious background.

“So we are here to create awareness on how cases as such can be handled and how they can refer cases to appropriate agencies,” she said.

Mr Timothy Dakcoye, Acting District Head, who represented the Esu Palace, Bwari Area Council, appreciated the organisation for the sensitisation and the partnership.

He added that the knowledge gained would be shared among other community members to effectively mitigate the menace.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Kayode Olaitan

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