The YouthHub Africa has again reiterated their commitment to curbing sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) against women and girls in Nigeria as this is in line with the United Nations supported Spotlight Initiative.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, the Programme Manager YouthHub Africa, Mr Olusegun Medupin stated the organization’s willingness to combating SGBV thus, a week long program tagged “Men’s Solidarity week” has been planned for this purpose.
Mr. Medupin noted that the Men’s Summit to ending sexual and gender based violence against women and girls is one of the lined-up activity for the Men’s Solidarity Week, aimed to also Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health.
“YouthHub Africa have set aside a full week tagged the Men’s Solidarity week loaded with programs such as Media engagement, Hiking for gender equality, so as to mobilise men in the community to collectively speak against and work together to end all forms of violence against women and girls and also support their sexual and reproductive health and rights.”
“We are working with the Men champions, young men network on the UN issue supported spotlight, the part that is called Men engagement which to create a platform to engage men in order to work together to stop violence aganist women and girls in their communities and in our society at large,” he added.
Medupin therefore, task the Federal government on the need to empower and revitalise gender based desk officers in the military and paramilitary agencies as this will be a tool to curbing the high rate of SGBV.
“The Federal Government have been doing their bits but they can still do more in terms of taking up cases and speeding up justice system.
“The law enforcement also has to be strengthened most especially gender based desk officers in the military and paramilitary agencies. Their capacity has to develop in such a way they can easily take up cases as most of them are face with challenges of not having the resources to work. So these are areas where the Federal Government should revitalize,” Medupin added.
Also, the Associate Professor, Department of Public Law, University of Abuja, Dr. Olanrenwaju Aladeitan said that “the long standing failure of men to protect and promote women’s right and freedom is therefore a matter of concern that has to be addressed.”
Dr. Aladeitan while speaking on the theme: “Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, How it Concerns Men and why we must stand with them” said we must be prepared to purge ourselves of our patriarchal construct and socialization and also be ready to free ourselves from the obnoxious norms and belief that has influenced us to act inimically against women in our societies today.
Furthermore, Dr. Aladeitan urged stakeholders to support and give women the power within, the power to do, the power with and the power over to enable them articulate their own aspirations and strategies for change.
The YouthHub Africa summit provided a platform to educate men and get the buy-in of men from different level of leadership in Nigeria on ending GBV/VAWG/HP against women.