The Trio of Hope for Family Development Initiative (HFDI), Christian Aid and Connected Development Initiative (CODE) has teamed up in Akwa Ibom state to campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in communities of the State.
This is as they organised capacity building training program to kick start the program for its staff themed 'Reducing the Incidence of Gender Based Violence Among Women and Girls.
Addressing the staff at the 3-day Capacity building program, the Executive Director HFDI Mr Aremu Stephen Akinyele elaborating on the objective of the program which is Gender Based Violence, said GBV is a violation of fundamental human rights as they affect women and girls disproportionately.
He informed the staff of the setting up of Gender Youths Justice Advocate Club at the Target communities, said the pre-test monitoring and evaluation of Gender Based Violence in the area demands that such units be created for easy access of the victims to the organization, added that all hands must be on deck to bring high rate of GBV in the localities to barest minimum.
In his vote of thanks, the Head of Program, Noah Ekerette appreciated Christian Aid, Connected Development Initiative and Hope for Family Development Initiative for being an inspiration for the actualization of Gender Justice in line with the Global Action plan.
The 'No to Gender Based Violence' program will hold in ten communities which includes Ikot okoro, Ekparakwa, Mbiakot, Ikot Akpan, Ntak Ibesit, Ikot Ibreitam, Nung Ita, Ikot Ntuen, Ntak obio Akpa, and Aya obio Akpa in Oruk Anam local government of Akwa Ibom state.
Highlight of the 3-day capacity building training program was the branding of the staff in branded blue T-shirts advocating against GBV, tagged "When you Abuse a Woman, You Stop Being a Human".