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Monday, December 16, 2019

Centre LSD project on male engagement over GBV kicksoff- ITREALMS

The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD), has commenced the implementation of a male engagement project for the reduction of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR), and Harmful Traditional Practices in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.

The programme, ITREALMS gathered is an initiative of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) under the Spotlight Initiative, envisioned a Nigeria where all women and girls, particularly the most vulnerable, live a life free from violence and harmful practices, by addressing the linkages between sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices with related aspects of sexual and reproductive health and rights as a cross-cutting theme.

The project lead, Mr. Vincent Dania, Centre LSD, told ITREALMS the focus will be on prevention efforts particularly addressing the root causes of gender-based violence and harmful practices (child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation) against women and girls; and ensuring access to inclusive, timely, and quality services for victims and survivors with a vibrant CSOs and women movement.

“The Centre will work with other implementing partners to achieve the goal of the Spotlight Initiative in Nigeria,” he said.

The Centre’s role in the project, he said, would include “Mobilizing men and setting up platforms of men against Sexual & Gender-Based Violence at the community level; strengthening the capacities of identified traditional, religious leaders and media. It will also identify and train male advocates and champions at different levels (community, state and national) to continuously speak up against Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG); engaging male opinion leaders to secure support for VAWG, gender equality and the empowerment of women; and train women and girls’ rights defenders in relevant skills to better engage with religious leaders to end VAWG and HP.”

Further, ITREALMS gathered the Centre LSD will be implementing the project in two states, namely Lagos and Cross River.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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