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USAID has allocated $ 5 million to tackle gender-based violence in Nigeria

United States Agency for International Development (US Agency for International DevelopmentYou said) Launched a program to tackle growing gender-based violence in Nigeria.

The program, which focuses on Sokoto and Ebony, also addresses the issues of children, early marriage and forced marriage.

USAID announced this in a statement from the US Embassy on Tuesday. USAID said it has allocated $ 5 million in Nigeria’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership (MCGL) to reduce maternal and child mortality by strengthening host country efforts to provide quality medical care.

Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen Fitzgibbon joins Humanitarian Minister Sadiya Umar Farouk and Minister of Women’s Affairs Dame Paulin Taren on behalf of Vice President Jemi Osinbaho to prevent and respond to gender-based violence Launched a 4-year USAID program. Violence in both states (GBV)

Fitz Gibbon said at launch. “This new activity by USAID will help strengthen GBV response mechanisms, transform discriminatory gender and social norms that keep women subordinate and vulnerable, and support and uphold women’s health and human rights. increase.

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“It will increase women’s voice and independence and reduce their vulnerability to gender-based violence.”

According to the statement, GBV is a structural inequality that subordinates women due to limited access to education, employment, finances and health care, and limited opportunities to contribute to family, community and national economic growth. It is driven by unequal power relations.

“In Nigeria, one in three women and girls between the ages of 15 and 24 experience GBV, which is often in the hands of those they know, love, and trust. The unfortunate normalization of GBV against women and girls has continued under the guise of culture, tradition and religion. GBV has reached a prevalent rate in Nigeria, and the COVID-19 pandemic has led to violence and rape by intimate partners. , Deteriorating in the form of early forced marriage.

“MCGL is already in Sokoto and Eboni, working with communities, elected traditional leaders, and a coalition of growing stakeholders to explore social norms that drive GBV. They work with them. Address gaps and develop interventions. This co-creation process can strengthen laws and policies to protect vulnerable people and improve access to reproductive healthcare.

“USAID partner Jphiego leads a growing consortium of Nigerian organizations to Eboni and Sokoto due to the statistically high incidence of GBV and the presence of other USAID activities working to improve health. We will implement MCGL, “said the embassy.

The Humanitarian Minister said: “We are committed to working together for a safer society for women, girls and the vulnerable.

“There is no better time to adopt a policy of not tolerating gender-based violence in Nigeria.”

The project is expected to ultimately raise the voice and agency of women throughout the life course, beyond the location and embassy of the project.

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