16 Days Of Activism : Ebonyi First Lady leads Awareness walk against GBV

Worried by the increasing cases of gender-based violence in the state, the Wife of the Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs Mary-Maudline Nwifuru has called for more efforts from all concerned parties to ruthlessly address the menace.

Chief Mrs Nwifuru made the appeal on Wednesday, during an awareness road walk to mark the commemoration of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, with the theme: Unite! Invest to prevent Violence Against Women and Girls held in Abakaliki. 
The first Lady who through her office and foundation, Better Health for Rural Women Children and Internally Displaced Persons Foundation (BERWO), Collaborated with the state ministry of women affairs and social development, world Health organization and the state GBV taskforce to hold the sensitization walk to major areas across the state capital. 

She assured that her office will provide justice to victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and other harmful practices in the state as her pet project, BERWO would address, challenging harmful gender norms, promote healthy relationship, constant education, strengthening laws and policies that protect women rights. 
"As we unite to end violence against the vunerable groups, the theme shows, urgent need to invest, prevent and combat the deeply rooted issues of the trend," Nwifuru said.

In her advocacy visit to the state House of Assembly, she explained the need to review the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPP) to effect positive change in the society.

Responding, the Speaker of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Moses Odunwa,  expressed readiness to amend and implement the law to ensure proper eradication of the practice in the state.
In his remark, Dr Robinson Onoh, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki  during the commissioning of the Gender based Violence Centre assured support in ensuring that the fight against GBV in the state is won. 

Onoh applauded Gov Francis Nwifuru for proactive steps taken to end violence against persons in the state and wife for her zeal in providing better health for Ebonyi residents. 

"We all are expected to team- up and unite against all forms of violence and also  reduction of gender inequality," Onoh said.
He urged all stakeholders, civil society organisations, among other groups to team up and unite in ending the practice in the state.

Mrs Goodness Mbaja, the State Public Relations Officer, GBV Taskforce, stated that the commemoration of the 2023 edition of 16 days, was a global awareness to end violence against vunerable persons and promised not to relent in continuous sensitisation and eradication of GBV in the state.

Mrs Felicia Nwankpuma, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development also commended Mrs Nwifuru and development partners for the initiative.

 Mrs Nwifuru paid an advocacy visit to Ebonyi state judiciary, traditional leaders council among other for sensitisation and eradication of trend.

The event featured a sensitisation road work with over 100 civil society organisations in the state, and commissioning of a GBV center at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, New complex.

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