UNESCO collaborates govt, others to eliminate GBV in 2030

By Elizabeth Eze
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with African Centre for Youth Sports and Development has implemented sports activities as tool to end Gender-Based-Violence (GBV) in the state 2030.

Mrs Yinka Suleiman, representing a spotlight freedom-run in the state and the Executive Director of the Centre, made this known to newsmen on Saturday in Abakaliki, during a spotlight freedom-run activity. 

Suleiman said that the freedom-run sport activity were to raise public awareness against all forms of violence against women and girls. 

She said that it is also in partnership with state government ministries of education, youth and sport, women affairs among other agencies to end the trend in 2030.

She described spotlight initiative as a UN-EU funded global initiative to eliminate physical, sexual and emotional violence against women and girls. 

"In Nigeria, we are using sport activity as tool to raise awareness and to end violence against them. 

"It is a mass participatory event with target to end GBV by 2030," Suleiman said.

The Wife of the Governor, Mrs Rachael Umahi pleaded with the judiciary, religious and traditional leaders to show more commitments in the fight. 

Mrs Umahi represented by her Special Assistance on Welfare, Mrs Patience okorie urged other relevant agencies to implement the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law for effective result. 

"This awareness is to create public enlightenment that no forms of violence against women and girls will be tolerated," Mrs Umahi said. 

The State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Mercy Bamai said that the agency were sustaining the fight with it Community Development Service (CDS) programme to achieve the goal. 

"The NYSC CDS group is a special projects department in the agency used to inform the public to know that they should be gender equality for better society," she said. 

 The participants and students, Joy Odo and Christiana Anthony, 
commended organisers on their commitments so far to eliminate violence against women and girls in the state.

The Agency reports that  spotlight freedom-run sport activity featured various schools, ministries, agencies, firms and other groups in a walk.

The walk commenced from the Pa Ngele Oruta township stadium to the ecumenical Centre.

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