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Sterling One Foundation Partners Others On Gender-based Violence

BY: HighCelebritySquard 



Sterling One Foundation, in collaboration with Live Abundantly and the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, has launched the 2023 edition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign, an annual United Nations initiative held annually from November 25 to December 10, 2023 (International Human Rights Day), aims to eradicate violence against women.

The global campaign, established in 1991 by the Women’s Global Leadership Institute at Rutgers University, has expanded to include violence against both girls and boys.

It is used as an organisational strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In support of the initiative, the United Nations Secretary-General launched in 2008 the campaign UNITE by 2030 to End Violence against Women, which runs parallel to the 16 Days of Activism.

Since its inception in 1991, over 6,000 organisations from approximately 187 countries have participated in the campaign.

Speaking, the chief executive officer of Sterling One Foundation, Olapeju Ibekwe said: ‘statistics show that one in three women and one in six boys have experienced violations.’

She emphasised the urgent need to eliminate gender-based violence, calling for advocacy and action from individuals, private sector players, and development organisations to address and find solutions to the pervasive issue.

The deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Jonny Baxter stressed the importance of legislative measures to protect human rights and urged collaboration between the government and the public.

Founder of Live Abundantly, Dr. Ama Onyerinma observed that the provided statistics may not fully capture the reality due to underreporting, adding that there is a need for people to use their voices to amplify awareness about it.

She noted that when gender-based violence is not reported there can be no social justice for victims, no better awareness, no protection and no advocacy.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi affirmed Lagos State’s intolerance of gender-based violence, citing the establishment of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) as part of its commitment to tackling the issue under its THEMES Agenda.

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