Coalition scales up interventions against gender based violence

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

A Coalition of Non governmental organisations on Gender Based Violence has unanimously agreed to scale-up interventions  towards the achievement of  the 2030 agenda of gender equality and rights attributed to gender as contained in the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other UN declarations.

Light up Africa Development Initiative, an NGO and 24 participating organizations re-affirmed their stand on the above documents and declarations on the need to end gender based violence as well as promote gender equity and equality.

Gender focal person of Light-Up Africa Initiative, (LADI), Mrs. Kehinde Macaulay, at a recently concluded workshop organized by the NGO to form an umbrella body of civil societies working on domestic violence related matters, said domestic violence has become a life-threatening problem in Nigerian community, and if not checked societies may be doomed for it.

According to her, there is need for serious sensitization from the side of the civil societies, to encourage people, women precisely to speak out when they are being abused.

As a way forward, Mrs. Macaulay said “for any positive momentum of change or solution in reducing the mayhem of domestic violence, the government needs to empower the women.”

She believed that there are compelling economic reasons for many abuse on the adult victims, Macaulay emphasized  that this underpinned the importance of job provision and empowerment for tackling domestic violence.

She also stressed the need for early identification, prevention and improved response to domestic violence.

Speaking at the event was the President of the NGO, Mr. Kester Audu, who believed that the formation of civil societies is to ensure that domestic violence is on the agenda of every mainstream organisation whose task is to safeguard and promote the welfare of a citizen, particularly of women and the girl child.

The event attracted over 30 participants with a communique that more is needed to be done in order to reach victims of gender based violence who have refused to speak out .

The non governmental organisations also agreed to engage in rapid and aggressive awareness programmes for both formal and informal education sectors on gender based violence, particularly to the young ones that may be at more risk or more vulnerable to violence.