To build capacity and advocacy skills of women community leaders and advocate for the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Anambra State, WomenAid Collective (WACOL), in collaboration with Ford Foundation, underwent training two days.
The workshop, which also saw the inauguration of “50/50 Action Women”, aimed to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls in the state.
A statement signed and made available to Business Day by WACOL’s founding director, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, claimed the workshop was necessitated by the recent spike in violence against women in communities across the state. from Anambra.
Ezeilo, who is also a professor at the University of Nigeria Nsukka as well as the former UN special rapporteur, said: “One might recall that in a video that went viral recently, a widow was stripped naked, assaulted and marched through the Aguléri market.
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“Similarly, in Nanka community, also in the same state, a widow was also kicked out of her home and left in the cold just days after her husband died. Both incidents have drawn strong condemnation and protests from NGOs and concerned individuals across Nigeria and beyond.
For her, the inauguration of 50/50 action women in Anambra would actively engage key stakeholders, including traditional and religious leaders, to eliminate harmful social norms and practices that lead to discrimination and violence against women. and girls.
Participants were drawn from civil society, academia, MDAs, women entrepreneurs, women community leaders including young women in the state.