As the country continues to witness incidences of violence against women and girls, including rapes and murders,the European Union and the United Nations have launched a programme entitled “Spotlight Initiative”, to combat the societal ill.
Spotlight Initiative among other things, engages the Media on sustaining campaign against violence towards women and girls, as well as ensuring that incidences and cases of rape are adequately covered and reported. Speaking during a two day Media engagement Dialogue on Ending violence against Women and Girls held in Enugu, the Chief, United Nations Children’s Fund, Enugu Field Office, Dr. Ibrahim Conteh regretted the loss of lives to gender based violence.
Doctor Conteh encouraged individuals to resolve differences with their spouses and partners through peaceful means instead of resorting to violence. He urged governments to treat rape cases with utmost importance and urgency it deserves.
The Media engagement dialogue which was organised by the National Orientation Agency, Ebonyi State, with support from EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, had participants drawn from Ebonyi and Cross River States.
The Participants, mostly Media Professionals, were drilled by academics, child and Legal experts on reporting matters affecting women and children, especially rape, abuse and rehabilitation of the victims.