Women journalists seek end to violence against women

Tochukwu Ifejika, Awka

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The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, South East Zone, has joined in canvassing for proper implementation of violence related laws for protection of women in the country.

The call was made by the newly elected Vice President in charge of South East Zone, Comrade Stella Igboka during the 2020 commemoration of the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Comrade Igboka, who spoke in an interview with VON’s correspondent on laws already existing, made a strong case for proper implementation of VAPP laws in order to get justice for victims and punish perpetrators. 

Campaign strategies
Igboka rolled out NAWOJ programmes for the campaign which include Advocacy, Road shows, speak up and virtual campaigns which she hoped would make more impact, adding that NAWOJ as an association through its sensitization programmes would continually ensure that victims of abuses and violence attacks are given the required platform to get justice.

She further highlighted some forms of gender based violence such as child marriage, trafficking for sex and slavery, intimate partner violence, physical punishment, sexual, emotional and psychological violence like rape which she said have been on the increase.

Funding
The Vice President also stressed the need for proper funding of Non-governmental bodies in order to sensitize people on their fundamental human rights, as well as calling for global action to bridge funding gaps and ensure essential services for survivors of these violence.

She also called on NAWOJ Chairpersons in South East Zone, comprising Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Imo and Anambra to join in the on-going International campaign to ensure proper sensitization of women against violence in their states.

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