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WARDC Leads Action Plan To End Violence Against Women Girls



In their quest to end violence against women and girls in Lagos State, the Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) in conjunction with some civil society organisations and key stakeholders, have drafted a costed action plan for the next five years (2023 – 2027) to implement and achieve their aim.

The five years action plan was drafted and validated during a one-day validation on the development of a costed action plan to end violence against women and girls, which was attended by stakeholders championing the cause to end all forms of violence against women and girls in Lagos State.

The validation meeting organised by WARDC with support from EU-UN Spotlight initiative held recently at Dover Hotel, in Ikeja, was attended by stakeholders from the Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Education, Office of the Public Defender, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and other key stakeholders involved in the fight against violence against women and girls.

Speaking during the presentation of the costed action plan, a professor at the Center for Gender and Humanitarian Studies at the Redeemers University, Osun State, Prof. Oluwatoyin Olatundun, said the action plan is necessary for the implementation of policies in Lagos State on violence against persons, domestic violence, rape, sexual and harassment issues including all other violence related concerns in the State.

She said issues of violence against women and girls have limited the actualisation of gender equality in Nigeria.

Prof. Olatundun, who noted that there are eight years to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), said once the costed action plan hit the ground and various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Lagos State, run with it, it means they have the next five years for their accountability measures so they can access how far they have gone.

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“This is in line with the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act 2015 enacted during the era of President Goodluck Jonathan, which other states are keying into. Bauchi state already has the costed action plan and so a lot of other states are trying to have theirs.

“This will help them engage with the government and international donor communities to seek funds to implement these strategic documents for the total elimination of all forms of violence in Lagos State whether persons living with disability, male or female, out-of-school and whoever rights are violated. The document also has a proposition for the advisory and technical committee,” she said.

Also speaking, the Deputy Executive Director of WARDC, Mrs. Mary George, said the meeting is one of her organisation’s approaches to engage policymakers and key stakeholders on violence against women and girls.

She said: “WARDC is championing this cause because it is one of our approaches of engaging our policymakers and other key stakeholders. The approach is advocacy and engagement. The advocacy and engagement have to do with policymakers in Lagos State and other key stakeholders.

“We are engaging them to deliver on eliminating sexual and gender-based violence, all forms of discrimination against women and girls, harmful practices, and sexual rights and reproductive health rights.

“We want to also look at various multi-sectorial dimensions of engaging gender mainstreaming of government policies and laws in Lagos State. Hence, we reviewed and validated the document that has been done on the development of a costed action plan to end violence against women and girls in Lagos State.

“Before this time, WARDC has engaged sectorial leaders from various Lagos State agencies to look at the implementing gaps and mobilising resources around gender mainstreaming of the activities in their sectors.

“We also expect to use the document as an engagement tool with the Lagos State government to look at ways of implementing some of the gaps that have to do with mainstreaming gender in its various applications of social services within state and parastatals and also to be able to harmonise valuable resources to implement the activities relating the ending violence against women and girls in the state.”

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