By Lekan Macaulay:
A Nigerian not-for-profit organization, Connected Development (CODE) has joined forces with the Cross River State Government, traditional, religious, women leaders and other relevant Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Cross River State to battle Gender Based Violence (GBV) as well as Sexually Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the state.
Founded in 2012, CODE has been in the trade of empowering marginalized communities to demand goods and services by creating platforms for dialogue and building the citizens capacity to holding their government accountable through its Follow The Money (FTM) initiative.
At the moment, CODE is currently undertaking an advocacy project for victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Sexually Gender Based Violence (SGBV) across 6 states in Nigeria namely, Ebonyi, Cross River, Lagos, Sokoto, Adamawa and FCT
The said advocacy project is at its review stage — where meetings are being held in all 6 states to review The Action Plan towards ending gender based violence
In Cross River State, the review meeting was held on Monday, March 29th, 2021 at Transcorp Hotel, Calabar and had in attendance, representatives from across major Ministries, Commissions, and Agencies in the State; including The Ministry of Health, Justice, Education, Humanity and Social Welfare, Women Affairs, State Planning Commission as well as Religious and Traditional leaders vis a vis opinion moulders in the State.
The meeting was also graced by the Honorable Commissioner for Health, Cross River State, Dr. Betta Edu who, in her speech, assured the State Government’s commitment in the partnership and adoption of more effective methods of implementing GBV laws in the State.
Mr. Charles Uche (Esq), the Staff Attorney of CODE had presented the policies and legal framework that protects women’s rights in Nigeria and budget analysis and how they affect the female community, before Mrs. Lucy James Abagi, who is CODE’s Senior Programs Manager dissected the Action Plan after which a room was created for participants to make relevant adjustments where necessary before the plan was unanimously adoption.