Uncategorized - December 10, 2019

Mercy Corps parleys Nigerian media on gender-based violence

The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) II under Mercy Corps – an international not-for-profit organization working to promote sustainable development through addressing barriers to girls` education and gender inequalities among marginalized girls across four states in Nigeria – Monday hosted a one-day media event on Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Nigeria.


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The event was part of Mercy Corps’ activities commemorating the 2019 United Nations 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (GBV) aimed at raising awareness and sharing knowledge on the importance of protecting the fundamental rights of women and girls including vulnerable groups in Nigeria.

“This year`s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is themed ending the rape culture, so our aim is to address this social norm and create a positive change in the society through the media because it has the potential to shape public perception about issues including rape so as to ensure that our women and girls are safe to live in society,” said Joy Aderele, director of the ENGINE II programme.

Also speaking at the event, Abiose Haruna, programme manager in charge of implementation at Mercy Corps Nigeria, who presented an overview of ‘Facts and Figure on GBV in Nigeria’ said GBV remained a serious challenge that continues to significantly obstruct women`s rights and access to opportunities. “About 28% of women in Nigeria aged between 25 and 29 have experienced some form of physical violence since age 15;  45% of women who had experienced never sought help or told anyone about the incident. Consequently, violence against women in Nigeria is almost accepted as a norm in the society,” said Haruna.

She noted that women and children were more at risk of experiencing the various forms of gender-based violence – sexual, physical, and mental abuse – because of the huge gender equality gap in the society. However, she encouraged survivors of GBV to speak up so that perpetrators can be made to face the wrath of the law.

“More and more people need to speak up against the menace of GBV: governments, policymakers, community leaders, development partners and the media must speak up to fight against it. The media is powerful and it has influence on the society, hence we are urging the media to champion this cause and advocate for punishment for perpetrators as well as better polices and laws that will safeguard women and girls. We believe that doing this will bring a change in the society,” Haruna said.



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