YouthHub Africa in line with United Nations supported Spotlight Initiative has again reiterated their commitment to ending sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) against women and girls in Nigeria.
The Programme Manager YouthHub Africa, Mr Olusegun Medupin while speaking at the Men’s Summit for ending sexual and gender based violence in Abuja on Tuesday stated the organization’s willingness in combating SGBV thus, a week long program has been planned for this purpose.
“YouthHub Africa have set aside a full week called Men’s Solidarity loaded with programs, such as Media engagement, Hiking for gender equality to mobilise men in the community to collectively speak against and work together to end all forms of violence against women and girls and support their sexual and reproductive health and rights.”
According to Medupin, the Men’s Summit which is one of the lined-up activity for the Men’s Solidarity Week for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, is also to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health.
“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 said
However, Medupin tasked 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 in curbing 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.
Associate Professor, Dept of Public Law University of Abuja, Dr. Olanrenwaju Aladeitan stated 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.”