The Ministry of Women Affairs and ActionAid Nigeria have strengthened ties to build the capacities of women in Cross River State.
The Manager, Women Rights Programme, ActionAid Nigeria, Nkechi Ilochi-Omokedo, led a team on a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Rita Agbo Ayim in Calabar.
Ilochi-Omokedo stated that her visit was to seek collaboration with the Ministry, Civil Society Organisations, CSO, non-governmental agencies and other partners to engage women in its project.
She said “ActionAid seeks to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication by working with those who are poor and living in exclusion”.
“Our objective is to protect women and girls from violence and create opportunities for economic independence and decision making. In Nigeria, the project is focused on building the capacity of women,” the team leader said.
Ilochi-Omokedo urged the Cross River government to provide a shelter for survivors of sexual and physical violence as part of contributing to end gender based violence.
Responding, Rita Ayim, the Commissioner for Women Affairs expressed the readiness of the Cross River government to partner with ActionAid, its partners including CSOs working to protect women.
The Commissioner appreciated the efforts of the agency in the fight to curb gender based violence in Nigeria, noting that the ministry was poised to support the cause by providing a shelter for survivors.
“Cross River State is ready to build a shelter for survivors of gender based violence in Calabar. This Ministry is interfacing with the Ministry of Humanities and Social Welfare to present the request to Governor Ben Ayade for approval,”she stated.
According to her, “In as much as the Cross River State government would build the shelter, we would need the assistance of your organisation to fund the shelter. It would be greatly appreciated if that is included in your budget”.
She pledged the state government’s commitment to end all forms of violence against women and girls in Cross River.
Source: Voice of Nigeria