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UN women seek leaders’ support to end children, gender-based violence


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THE United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women has appealed to religious and community leaders to contribute to the campaign to end violence against children and women in the country.

Dr. Grace Ongile, Representative of UN Women in Nigeria made the call during a one day workshop in collaboration with UNICEF to commemorate the campaign tagged “16 Days of Activities to End Gender-Based Violence and Violence against Children” in Gombe yesterday.

Dr. Ongile, who was represented by the Deputy Programme Manager, Mr. Peter Mancha, said the leaders are in position to promote effort to end violence against this vulnerable group.

“The religious and community leaders can have a powerful impact on the congregation’s attitudes and believe. Many women and girls turn to religious leaders for succour and guidance in dealing with violence,” she said.

She called on them to emphasis in their teachings, value and cultural practices that support equality and respect for women and children.

“Support local programmes that provide services to victims and survivors, speak out about sexual assault and domestic violence, and encourage and support training to increase awareness about abuse of women and children,” she stated.

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