The European Union – EU and the United Nations (UN) in Nigeria on 26 May 2019, kick-started the implementation of the EU-UN Joint Spotlight Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, with an Inception Workshop held at Sokoto, North-West Nigeria. The team was received on arrival by the Governor of Sokoto State, H.E. Aminu Tambuwal at the Government House, who noted that the State would continue to key into the development initiatives of the EU and the UN in Nigeria.
Declaring the workshop open on 27 May 2019, the Governor expressed his delight at the inclusion of the State amongst the 5 selected for the Spotlight project. Represented by his Deputy, Hon. Maniru Muhammad Dan’iya, the Governor acknowledged that the Spotlight Initiative project inception workshop was critical as it would enhance the engagement of all stakeholders in Sokoto State.
Addressing the participants, the Head of the UN Nigeria delegation to the State, Mr Kwasi Amankwaah, explained that the EU-UN Joint Spotlight Initiative was a global, unique, multiyear initiative focussed on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. The Civil Society, according to him, were expected to play a more active role in the spirit of leaving no one behind.
The initiative, he added, would engage community-based, grassroots CSOs across Nigeria. UNDP in Nigeria, UN Women Nigeria, UNFPA Nigeria, UNICEF Nigeria and UNESCO Regional Office Abuja are working with the European Union in Nigeria, Government and Civil Society partners on the Spotlight Initiative.