By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Barely six months after its inauguration, four members of the Journalists Against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (JASGeBav) are to attend a workshop on policy dialogue for policy makers in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
Membership of the association which is made up of journalists, bloggers and social media activitists is part of the growing campaign that seeks an end to Gender Based Violence while promoting Sexual Reproductive Health Rights.
Israel Ekanem, coordinator of the Coalition of Eastern NGOs in Akwa Ibom State who announced the selection of members for the policy dialogue meeting said the workshop would also draw participants from traditional and religious institutions, members of the legislature as well the media.
According to him, the workshop would bring to the fore the need to abolish obnoxious laws, cultural and social norms that discriminate against women and children in the state
He said the workshop is made possible through a “Chance meeting” with an official of the Prisoner’s Rehabilitation and Welfare adding that the chance meeting had highlighted the existence of the discriminatory aspects of the Child Rights Law now operational in the state.
He explained that during the Police Human Rights training in Uyo, recently, it was gathered that the law in question recognises a person of 16 years and below as a child but some people had argued that it was 18.
“This chance meeting with Prisoner’s Rehabilitation and Welfare (PRAWA) afforded me the opportunity to understand the discrepancy in this law hence the dialogue to advocate for its amendment.,” he stated.
He commended a member of the association, Miriam Daniels who had earlier attended a capacity building workshop in Enugu for distinguishing herself and making the state proud.
Acknowledging the support of CENGOS, the coordinator of the JASGeBaV Mr. ANIEFIOK Udonquak thanked the coordinator for nominating its members for the workshop.
He expressed the readiness of the media professionals to put their skills to use in the campaign against Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Based Violence in the state