3 NGOs collaborate to end Gender-Based Violence and Increase access to SRHRs Information

Coalition of Eastern Non-Governmental Organisations (CENGOs) along with Civil Resources Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC) and AmplifyChange (AC), have pledged to build bridges that would end Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and increase young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Human Rights (SRHRs) information and services in the society.

Speaking during a one-day media training programme in Port Harcourt, National Project Coordinator of CIRDDOC, Pascal Anozie said, “The programme was targeted at advocating against the rising spate of GBV in the society in order for policy makers to legislate and enforce legislation to curb the menace.”

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He further said, “It is our intention to make GBV more visible through the media influencing the society to acknowledge it as a problem and put pressure on policy makers to legislate against it and, where legislation already exists, to enforce such legislation.”

Anozie, who was represented by the Rivers State Coordinator of CENGOs, Dumka Emah-David added, “The training was also planned to provide media practitioners with the necessary skills needed in sensitive reporting concerning victims of GBV.”

Emah-David stressed the role of the media in changing gender stereotypes, and emphasised the need for media stakeholders to understand SRHRs and why GBV takes place and find ways to checking their consequences on women and families.

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In her presentation, one of the resource persons and Managing Editor, National Point Newspaper, Constance Meju while elucidating on the topic: ‘Guidelines For Reporting Gender-Based Violence,’ said there were some standard rules on sensitive reporting bordering on facts, confidentiality, respect and empathy, which reporters must consider while writing or filing in their reports in order not to bring more shame, pain and stigmatisation to GBV victims, adding that GBV and SRHRs abuse demands public abhorrence for positive change in the society.

Also speaking, another resource person and Deputy Coordinator of CENGOs, Emem Okon said, “GBV includes honour killing, forced marriage, acid bath, female genital mutilation, murder, coercion, abusive language, beating and sexual harassment based on women’s subordinate status in the society.”

About Coalition of Eastern NGOs (CENGOS)

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The Coalition of Eastern NGOs (CENGOS) is an umbrella organization of over 100 NGOs in the nine States of the old Eastern Region (Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Abia, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Bayelsa) with the mandate to promote and protect the human rights of Nigerian citizens and build the capacity of civil society.

CENGOS was established in year 2000 and is registered with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. It is also in the process of registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission. Registration is stalled because the CAC has advised adjustment in the name, as they would not register a name with the word ‘coalition’.

About  Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC)

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The Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC) Nigeria is an independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation established in 1996 for the protection and promotion of human rights and women’s human rights and the strengthening of civil society.

CIRDDOC is also committed to the institutionalization of good governance, gender equality and the rule of law in Nigeria. The mission is to promote and protect human rights and women’s rights, gender equity, and good governance through the empowerment of civil society and the promotion of access to justice and rule of law.

About AmplifyChange (AC)

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AmplifyChange is a multi-donor challenge fund to support civil society advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights. We are a fund which aims to empower young people, men and women to realise their sexual and reproductive rights.

Their vision is to contribute to securing universal recognition of sexual and reproductive health and rights as human rights, enabling women, men and young people to realise their full potential in safe and supportive environments.

They strengthen the social movement for change by providing support to civil society and community-based organisations working in countries where the needs are greatest, in particular Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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They provide grants to directly fund local civil society organisations (CSOs) that advocate for and promote better policy and action on neglected sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.

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