The EU-UN Spotlight Initiative and Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL) have trained some Human Rights institutions for effective reporting of Gender-based Violence (GBV) in the state.
The programme was also carried out in partnership with the UNDP.
Prof. Ngozi Ezeilo, the founder of WACOL, said this at the end of a one-day capacity building for state human rights institutions on Thursday in Abakaliki.
Ezeilo, represented by a Senior Programme Officer of the organisation, Mrs Anulika Ezennia, said the capacity building was to strengthen and equip the trainees with appropriate knowledge and skills to champion the cause.
She said the workshop was organised to train government and private individuals on the need to end all forms of violence against women and girls in society.
She said that the training also had civil society organisations and People with Disabilities in attendance.
The State Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission and a trainee, Mr Christopher Okorie, commended the organisers and advised participants to utilise the skills acquired to better the environment.
The Field Officer, YouthHubAfrica in the state, Mr Augustine Onwe, said that people must abstain from the way they address women and girls as second class citizens for total gender transformation and better society.
“If we really want to end violence against women and girls, it has to start from us proffering what we believe is right, the way we communicate, address women and girls,” Onwe said.
Another participant and Head of Legal Team GBV, Mrs Nkem Chukwu, also thanked the organisers for equiping stakeholders with multi-sectoral approaches in monitoring and reporting about women and girls’ rights.
A resource person, Mrs Helen Kalu, said the training on monitoring is a tool to leverage on and indicated the starting and end point.
“The essence of this framework is to ensure we track our progress as we work to end GBV in the state.
“We expect that their capacity on tracking all improvements, activities, events they embarked on, method of tracking it becomes more efficient,” Kalu said.
A facilitator, Mr Ndubuisi Nwafor, described monitoring and reporting as significant and effective on ending GBV.
Nwafor further said that human rights approach remained the most significant technique in tracking GBV.
“Women rights is a form of human rights and must be respected at all levels and society.
“And we must all work together for effective eradication of the trend in society,” he said.
The Agency reports that the training featured key principles of monitoring, reporting violence against women and girls and evaluation to end GBV.
The training was attended by Civil Society Reference Group, Neighbourhood Initiative for Women Advancement, the Nigeria Correctional Centre and GBV task force team