African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development, Centre LSD, with the support of the European Union and UN Women, under the Spotlight Initiative, have made moves to reduce violence against women and girls.
The groups met with paramount rulers, village heads, and religious and key community leaders in Obanliku and Odukpani LGAs of Cross River State on eliminating all forms of violence and harmful practices against women and girls in the state.
The townhall meeting which is put together to conscientize the people on the need to address harmful social norms, gender stereotypes, and cultural practices that pre-dispose women to violence, shall also be used to distribute copies of the newly passed Violence Against Persons Prohibition law by the state and educate participants on its provisions.
A statement signed by Mr Vincent Dania, Programme Coordinator at the Centre, said the objective of the meeting is to chart ways of working with the relevant non-state institutions to enshrine gender equitable social norms, attitudes and behaviours at community and individual levels to prevent harmful practices and violence against women and girls in the focal LGAs and beyond.
It would be noted that Centre LSD is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established under Nigerian laws to build strategic leadership for sustainable development in Africa.
The mission of Centre LSD is to work with forces of positive change to empower citizens to transform society.
The Spotlight Initiative is a global initiative of the United Nations which has received generous support from the European Union, and aims to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls