Speak-up to get justice, Nwifuru tells GBV survivors in Ebonyi

The Wife of the Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs MaryMaudline Nwifuru, says she will provide justice to survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and other harmful practices against women and girls.

Nwifuru gave the assurance on Wednesday during an event to commemorate the 2023 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, held in Abakaliki.

The programme, with the theme, “Unite! Invest to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls”, was organised by USAID Momentum Country and Global Leadership (MCGL) in collaboration with the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.

The governor’s wife, who led a sensitisation road work of over 100 civil society groups and non governmental organisations to various areas in the state capital, maintained that the current administration, led by her husband, Gov Francis Nwifuru, had declared war and zero tolerance on GBV.

She added that the development called for collective action to address the root cause of the menace and proffer a sustainable solution to the menace.

She explained that her pet project, Better Health for Rural Women, Children and Internally Displaced Persons Foundation (BERWO), would address challenging harmful gender norms, promote healthy relation, constant education, strengthen laws and policies that would protect Women’s rights.

She said,” As we unite to end violence against the vulnerable groups, the theme shows the urgent need to invest, prevent and combat the deeply rooted issues of the trend,” Nwifuru said.

In her advocacy visit to the state House of Assembly, she explained the need to review the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPP) to effect positive change in the society.

Mr Moses Odunwa, Speaker of the House, expressed readiness to amend and implement the law to ensure proper eradication of the practice in the state.

Dr Robinson Onoh, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, assured support in providing personnel at GBV and administrative centres in the fight to stop the trend.

Onoh commended Mrs Nwifuru for commissioning the centres, which would empower the facility to join her and other partners in the fight against the menace.

Mrs Goodness Mbaja, the State Public Relations Officer, GBV Taskforce, stated that the commemoration of the 2023 edition of 16 days, was a global awareness to end violence against vulnerable persons and promised not to relent in the continuous sensitisation and eradication of GBV in the state.

Mrs Felicia Nwamkpuma, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, also commended Nwifuru and her development partners for the initiative.

The agency reports that Mrs Nwifuru paid an advocacy visit to the Ebonyi state judiciary, and traditional leaders council, among others for sensitisation and strengthen policies to eradication the trend.

The agency reports that the 16 days activism is an annual international campaign that calls for action against world most persistent violation of human rights.

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