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Youthub Africa Call For State Gender Response Desk Center in Nigeria

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Youthub Africa Call For State Gender Response Desk Center in Nigeria

Ruth Oginyi

Youthub Africa one of the spotlight program implementing partners in Ebonyi state Wednesday called for the establishment of gbv response desk Center across the 36 states of the federation.

The gender-based desk according to the organization shall be different from the ones located in the ministry of women affairs and ministry of justice.

Nwaiwu Chiamaka, youthub Africa communication specialist made the call in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state during a Men summit program organized by youthhub Africa with support from EU-UN spotlight, initiative, and UN women as part of the 2022 activities making the 16 days of activism.

The summit as part of the Activism aimed to create awareness on gbv and to create awareness for men to understand the effects of GBV against women and girls and join the campaign against gbv in their communities.

Chioma said that the different programs being initiated by groups to stop GBV are making a significant impact on men.

That It is changing the perspective of a lot of people and the men help to disseminate the message to rural areas.

On gbv laws, she called for the full implementation of the existing laws.”I will say we have a lot of laws that protect the rights of women and girls in Nigeria such as the VAAP law but the problem is implementation.

According to her, one of the ways we can be stopped gbv is: should create a gender-based response desk in every state apart from the one in the ministry of women affairs and justice.

“Let us have a state gender response desk and have people who are ready to work, take action, manage referrals desk, and also security agencies should be sensitized to swing into action when a report is made without delay.

Benedict Essong, of UNFPA in a remark, said to achieve gender equality Men must be fully engaged and committed.

Essong called for more engagement of the youth men in rural areas to understand the effects of gbv and other harmful practices and stop them.

“UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls” Gender equality cannot be achieved without the involvement of men and boys.

“Change is slowly taking place, and men are increasingly working alongside women to support gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

“Today, it is widely recognized that improving women’s status and advancing their rights yields benefits for whole societies, not just women and girls. Ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health services and protection from gender-based violence, among other important measures, improves the health of families and the economic well-being of entire communities.

“UNFPA works with men and boys around the world to advance gender equality and end violence. These programs are encouraging men and boys to abandon harmful stereotypes, embrace respectful, healthy relationships, and support the human rights of all people, everywhere
Partnerships are a must
Gender equality requires a partnership between women and men.

“Men often wield power over many aspects of women’s lives – as heads of state and government ministers, as leaders of religious and faith-based institutions, as judges, as heads of militaries and militias, as village leaders, or indeed as husbands and fathers.
It is also often men who control access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, finances, transportation, and other resources. And too often, it is men who make decisions about sexual relationships, the timing and frequency of sexual activity, and the use of contraceptives. Some men even impose these choices through coercion or violence.

“At the same time, young men and boys are future partners, community members, and leaders. Reaching them with programs that promote gender-equitable attitudes and behaviors is key to ensuring the future is free of gender-based discrimination”. He said.

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