4 December 2020 By Florence Adewale
A Non Governmental Organisation, Plan International Nigeria has called for more advocacy and programmes to address Gender Based Violence in the Country.
The Acting Country Director of the Organisation , Mrs Jumai Lawan made the call at a forum to commemorate the sixteen days of activism against Gender Based Violence 2020 in Abuja.
Mrs. Lawan who stressed that in Nigeria women and girls are often suppressed and denied the right to participate in decisions affecting their lives said this had continued to prevent them from achieving their maximum potential.
She added that her organisation would not relent in its effort to ensure that women and girls remain focused on ways to shape their future for a better society.
“As an organization, we are guided by the commitment to ensure that by 2024, ten million Nigerian girls would be supported to learn, Lead, Decide and Thrive Hence building on the momentum and achievements made in previous years to ensure the adequate protection of women and girls from all forms of violence.”
In a good will message, the Head of Development Cooperation, High Commission of Canada to Nigeria Mr. Kelvin Tokar pledged the commitment to support donors both local and international aimed at improving lives especially the campaign against gender based violence in Nigeria.
In a keynote address, a Human Rights activist and the convener of bring back our girls, Mrs Aisha Yesufu explained that until women stand for their rights and take decisive steps to ensure their rights is not infringed on, women would continue to be oppressed.
The theme of the event is “Orange the world, fund, respond, prevent, collect.”