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Group makes case for human rights, gender-based violence



COALITION of Eastern NGOs (CENGOs), and Civil Resource Develoment and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC), in collaboration with Amplify Change, has ended a one day media round table training on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Human Rights (SRHRS), and Gender Based-Violence held at East End Suite, Awka.
In her remarks, the Executive Director of CIRDDOC and National Coordinator of CENGOs, Raluchukwu Obioha, explained that CENGOs is an Umbrella organization of non-governmental organizations working on human rights in old Eastern Region of Nigeria, while CIRDDOC is a non-governmental organization committed to the promotion of women’s rights access to justice and rule of law, Amplify change is an International developmental partner that aims to empower young people, men and women to realize their sexual and reproductive rights.
Obioha said the intention of the training was to make gender-based Violence 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.
She added that in recognition of the role of the media in shaping the society, the training is aimed at equipping reporters and news managers with the necessary skills to grapple with the challenges of reporting gender-based violence in a way that does not perpetuate gender stereotypes but informs and encourages public debate and help media understand SRHRS and why GBV takes place and its far-reaching consequences on women, families and society.
In her welcome address, state Coordinator, CENGOs Anambra State Chapter Mercy Anigbogu, thanked everybody for attending the training, noting that it will mark the total elimination of gender based violence in Anambra State.
She praised Governor Willie Obiano for placing Anambra State on International map, and the first governor in the south-eastern state to sign Open Governance Partnership (OGP), adding that through his implementation policy, CENGOs were able to have impact result on the one day policy dialogue with policy makers in the state.
In a lecture titled Understanding Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHRS) and Gender Based Violence (GBV), Deputy Director CIRDDOC Anambra State, Iruka Nwokedi, said human rights were the rights a person holds simply because he or she is a human being, human rights are internable, inclusive and interdependent.
She noted that media is pivotal as regards to SRHR in creating the desired change, with the emphasis that women must develop the will to change the status quo with regards to repeooductive rights and become the change agents, that reproductive rights when enhanced, will definitely reduce the maternal mortality rates in the society.
Delivering the second lecture on techniques for reporting gender based violence (GBV) and SRHR issues, Miriam Menkiti said it was an act that results in or is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women and men.
She said that the media has a role to play in highlighting the issue of gender based violence and drawing attention of state actors, policy makers, national and international humanitarian organization to address the issue.

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