TearFund Inaugurates 6 Member Committee On SGBV Prevention

23 February 2018 National News News

A Non- Governmental Organization, Tearfund Nigeria, has inaugurated a 6 member committee on Sexual and Gender Based Violence Prevention project.

At the inauguration in Abuja, the Tearfund Country Representative, Mr Paul Mershak Called on Ministries, Department and Agencies of government as well as religious organizations to partner with Tearfund to build a society that is free from all forms of violence for all.

Mr Mershak explained that Tearfund is a United Kingdom based Charity body working in over 50 World’s poorest Countries with a vision to eradicate poverty and trauma.

Mr Mershak also noted that Tearfund had worked tirelessly in North East, Central and West, including FCT to alleviate poverty by addressing fundamental causes such as HIV/AIDS since 1999.

Mr Mershak expressed dismay over the prevalence of conflict and violence ravaging Nigeria Cities and Villages that had left millions of people displaced and unprotected, especially women and Children.

To address this, Mershak said Tearfund had taken a step further to develop a toolkits using the Instrumentality’s of Church and Community Mobilization Process, CCMP, Environmental and Economic Sustainability, SGBV/HIV/AIDS as well as promoting peace building and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Also speaking, the Gender Technical Lead for SGBV Intervention, Mr Prabu Deepan Cautioned against cultural harmful norms that make women and children suffer in silence.

The Project Officers of Tearfund, Salange Mbonigaba and Pauline Ene unanimously stressed the need for victims and survivors to break the culture of silence with a view to minimizing Sexual Gender Based Violence across the nation.

By:  Remi Johnson/Abuja

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