Category Archives: Gender-based violence

UNESCO trains journalists on Gender Based Violence

Journalists have been urged to tell stories that will change the narrative on Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment towards the elimination of Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria.

Media trainers made the submission at a training programme organized by, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, in Lagos for Journalists on Spotlight Initiative, Sensitive Reporting and Investigative Journalism on Gender-Based Violence

Facilitators from Department of Mass Communication, Dr Olunifesi Suraj, and Department of Sociology, Dr Franca Attoh from University of Lagos submitted that journalists need a robust understanding of Gender issues because they have a significant role to play to change narratives on the issue,

The trainers admitted that though gender issue was a sensitive one based on cultural influence; gender must be viewed in a new perspective in the light of changing economy in a dynamic world

Another facilitator, Dr Jide Attah also buttressed the need for journalists to understand the concept of inclusion, stereotype, and strive to produce evidence-based stories with superior arguments that will promote social change.

 The Communications Consultant (Regional Office) of UNESCOMr Olusola Macaulay remarked that the training which attracted 33 journalists drawn from 6 focal states of Lagos, Abuja, Adamawa, Ebonyi, Sokoto and Cross River states was in line with the objectives of spotlight Initiative to end gender-based violence in Nigeria and fulfill Goal 5 of the #SDGs as well through capacity building for journalists

Spotlight Nigeria Team Engages Youths, CSOs To End Violence Against Women And Girls

The UN system in Nigeria represented by UNICEF, UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO and UNIC, under the auspices of Spotlight Initiatives, on 2 – 3 August 2018, held a Youth engagement dialogue and a CSOs consultative session as part of the process in the development of Country Programmes Document for the Spotlight Initiatives to end violence against women and girls.

The Spotlight Initiatives, a global development partnership framework of the United Nations and the European Union to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in support of the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, is being coordinated in Nigeria by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.
The Initiative is so named as it brings focused attention to this issue, moving it into the spotlight and placing it at the centre of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The youth interactive dialogue identified challenges many activists and NGOs face in the fight against violence. They included lack of security and funding, non-inclusion of people with disabilities during policy formulation, lack of information for people living in rural areas, poverty, cultural interference, lack of inclusion of gender equality in school curriculum and lack of media support.
Recommendations at the end of the dialogue included establishing youth friendly spaces where  youth can freely express their opinions; individual efforts to sensitize the society; as well as using products and services to advocate for an end to violence against women and girls.

Providing guidance to the CSOs representatives for group discussions, Ms Patience Ekeoba of UN Women Nigeria, requested the CSOs to discuss in-depth and make presentations on the following: Organisations working on prevention of violence and harmful practices broadly; Organisations that work mainly on SGBV in education; Organisations that work on GBV services; Organisations that work mainly on data collection and researches;  Women’s Rights Organisations working to promote women’s rights, address GBV and  harmful practices as well as Minority Groups working to end GBV.

The group presentations were insightful, revealing and interesting.

Domestic violence, not a family affairs – UNIC

UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun addresses the audience

UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun addresses the audience

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, has reiterated that domestic violence was not a family affairs rather a criminal offence and a breach of fundamental human rights. ‘Incest, rape, abuse and all other forms of domestic violence cannot be a domestic affair,’ the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun had said at a programme on ‘Domestic Violence: Breaking the Cycle, Dealing with the Consequences’ in Lagos.

The programme, jointly organized by UNIC Lagos and Warien Rose Foundation, was attended byDomestic violence - pix 3 students, media and other members of the public. Speaking further, Mr Soremekun called on victims to speak out and seek help, being a bold step to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. He added that everyone should revisit family and societal values which place premium on good conduct and good family name.

In her opening remarks, the President of Warien Rose Foundation, Ms Efe Anaughe, expressed concern about the alarming rate of domestic violence especially those related to sexual assault, child abuse and rape.

Domestic violence - pixDelivering a keynote address on the occasion, the Information Manager of Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), Mr Timothy Melaye, noted that domestic violence ‘is a problem for all of us, no one knows the next victim, could be your brother, sister, friend, neighbour, cousin, niece, nephew, son, daughter or even you.’ He therefore, called on all Nigerians to work to raise our voice against this, shame it, shout it down and support the victims.