By Cleopatra Eki
Preparations are on top gear by Advocates for Health and Rights of Women and Youth Initiative to mark lnternational women’s day.
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, 7th March, 2023, at Swiss International, the Vistana, VGC, Lekki, Lagos Time: 10 am – 1.00 pm .
Convener, Mr Emmanuel Etim, Executive Director, Advocates for Health and Rights of Women and Youth Initiative said ” This is the first in the series of zonal advocacy engagements for women and youth through community inclusive engagement and advocacy.”
The programme seeks to engage thought leaders, activists and media enthusiasts on the topic: WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN HUMAN RIGHT to foster a long lasting solution, support and advocate for women’s rights in Nigeria.
Etim disclosed that the programme aims to alleviate the issues of young people in our society, our core focus is on advocacy to end gender-based violence, amongst minority groups, youth restiveness, substance misuse, poverty, and climate change effects on women and youth, which are SDGs 1,3,5, 10, and 13.
According to report Global, ‘”7% of women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence which is just the least to mention.
“Every woman is entitled to human rights which include; the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination, to be educated, to own property, to political participation, health, and dignity, and to earn a fair and equal wage.”
“It is said that 1 in 3 women experience gender-based violence globally and the most prevalent factors responsible for women’s rights infringement include; inherent discrimination of women, women do not enjoy equality with men in society, Unequal access of women and girls to education, harmful traditional practices, inadequate access to economic resources for women, unequal access to political participation, various forms of violence explicitly experienced by women and girls (SGBV), etc.”
Expected at the event are experts consist of women network and media to end the gender based violence in the state and beyond.
Among the speakers are Ngozi Nwosu-Juba- Project Director Vision Spring Initiatives/ Human Right Activist -Ayo Mairo Ese- Arise TV ,Maria Chike- BBN ,Nelson Etta- Senior Producer TVC News ,Kofi Bartels – Assistant Programs Director at Lagos Talks 91.3 ,Bamike (Bam-Bam)
Others are Precious Amayo – News Anchor/Host Political Standpoint TVC News ,OluwaDolapo Ojo- Adetuyi – GBV Activist ,Nathaniel Adegoke – ED. Peter Adegoke Foundation and Emmanuel Etim – Executive Director, Advocates for Health and Rights of Women and Youth Initiative (Convener)
These vital issues would address at event which includes how can women fully understand their rights and access proper justice for human rights violations in Nigeria?
Can women fully harness the benefits of their human rights?
Can justice be accessible when needed and offenders experience the full wrath of the law?
Are human rights just a fallacy?
How can we preserve the next generation?
This event is free registration, to attend kindly register here: https://bit.ly/WomensRightsEvent