Media Executives from different media organizations are set to discuss issues at a Round-table organized by the joint EU-UN Spotlight Initiative through UNICEF Nigeria to brainstorm on issues aimed at increasing accountability for funding and implementation of the “Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) program”
A Press Release by UNICEF and made available to The Daily Report said the virtual parley with media executives is aimed at harnessing the power of the media to influence the entire society and build upon that influence to galvanize advocacy efforts.
Participants at the parley with the theme, “The role of the media in promoting accountability to end violence against women and girls” will brainstorm and explore more effective collaboration and partnership that will increase media advocacy to end violence against women and girls and contribute to changing the public’s perspective and attitude on harmful practices and social norms
It is a known fact that the most common acts of violence against women in Nigeria include sexual harassment, physical violence, harmful traditional practices, emotional and psychological violence, socio-economic violence and violence against non-combatant women in conflict situations.
In Nigeria, 2020 saw an alarming four-fold increase in multiple forms of violence against women and girls. COVID19 exacerbated existing gaps in the provision of services for girls and women particularly around sexual and gender-based violence.
These range from uncoordinated response mechanisms to violence including the provision of shelters, lack of adequate information on the accessibility of services, and entrenched systems of victim shaming and blaming.
The media round-table discussion will play an important role in supporting and advocating for an end to VAWG in Nigeria and the establishment and maintenance of response systems.
The Zoom parley is scheduled for January 26th, 28th, and February 9th, 2021.
In attendance will be Digital/ social media executives and influencers, Television media executives, Radio media executives, Print media executives
Media practitioner gender and human rights activists and Spotlight Initiative Representatives.
It is hoped that the discussions will inspire media practitioners to act as agents of change at both institutional and community levels and challenge them to channel their reporting and corporate social responsibility into policy advocacy.
ABOUT THE SPOTLIGHT INITIATIVE
The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between European Union and United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030.
The Initiative was launched with a seed funding commitment of €500 million from the European Union, we represent an unprecedented global effort to invest in gender equality as a precondition and driver for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Spotlight Initiative is responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, with a focus on domestic and family violence, sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices, early child marriage, trafficking in human beings and sexual and economic (labour) exploitation.
In Nigeria, the Spotlight Initiative is implemented in five+1 state including Adamawa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Lagos, Sokoto and the FCT.
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