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Group to tackle gender based violence inaugurated in Awka

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By Rose Oranye

ANAMBRA State 50/50 Action Women was recently inaugurated in Awka, to ensure elimination of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the state.

  The inauguration, was done after a two-day ‘Women Rights Advocacy and Leadership Training’ by Women Aid Collective (WACOL), a non- governmental organisation in collaboration with Ford Foundation, at Don Ritz Hotel, Udoka Housing Estate, Awka.

  Inaugurating the group, the founder and Chief Executive Officer, WACOL, Joy Nkiru Ezeilo, who expressed happiness over the active participation of the women, stated that the inauguration of the group was the beginning of the change needed in Anambra State.

  Prof. Ezeilo disclosed that the group is being raised in the five states of the South East to raise hopes of gender equality opportunities and urged them to work towards meeting the required conditions to achieve their goals.

  In a vote of thanks, a member of the new group and first female professor of Mass Communication, Prof Chinyere Okunna, commended the facilitators of the training and assured that members of the group are committed to do their best and make a difference in the state.

  Program Officer and Head of Communications of WACOL, Mrs. Egodi Igwe, in her remarks stated that the training was apt and in swift response to the spike in cases of violence against women and girls in Anambra State.

  “WACOL desired to properly position women advocates to respond effectively to the menace particularly, harmful cultural practices against women and girls in the state.”

  The women were trained on  Women’s Rights Issues, VAWG in Nigeria, Women’s Transformational Leadership for the Realisation of Women’s Rights, Human Rights of Women in International, Regional, National Instruments and relevant SDGs, Advocacy and Lobbying, Networking and Collaborating for Change and  the Role and Mandate of Women Fifty- Fifty Advocacy Group.

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