SSDO Working on the Frontline to Eliminate Violence Against Women

In our society, cultural beliefs often perpetuate barriers that treat women as unequal to their male counterparts. These norms and practices have created a gap that subjects women to unending violence. Recent times have exacerbated risk factors for Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Issues such as food shortages, unemployment, economic insecurity, and social unrest have contributed to an alarming increase in various forms of violence. 

We recognize the urgency to address these challenges and work collectively to eliminate gender-based violence. To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and contribute its quota to eliminating gender-based violence, South Saharan Social Development Organization, through its Sister Guardian Initiative, organized a workshop in Eke community, Udi LGA, to sensitize stakeholders and the community at large on GBV, including how to prevent and report it. 

Our event seeks to address and dismantle these harmful cultural norms, hence the need to involve key community figures such as the traditional ruler, President Generals, SGI chapter members, community members, the police, religious leaders, security outfits, and town union leaders. This will help guarantee sustainable solutions. One of which includes the community developing an action plan to ensure women and girls are more protected. 

As we mark the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women which kickstarts the #16days of activism aimed at advocating for human rights, it is important that this issue is brought to the front burner. It is our desire to see a society where women’s right is protected, women are empowered and can be all they want to be.

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