Kogi: PIBCID partners NUJ to end violence against women, girl-child 

A nongovernmental organization, Participation for Behavioral Change in Development (PIBCID), is set to partner the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kogi state council, to end all forms of violence against women and the Girl Child in the state.

The executive director,  PIBCID, Rachael Akande, who led members of her team for an advocacy visit to the leadership of the NUJ in Lokoja, said the organisation is seeking the full support of  journalists for its upcoming programme titled: “Strengthening Communities’ Women Institutions/Platforms for the Protection and Promotion of Women/Girl Child Rights in Ending Violence in Kogi state.”

She said PIBCID remains committed to promoting gender equality, protecting women and girls’ rights, and ending violence against women in the society.

“Our project in Kogi state aims to empower women and girls by strengthening local women institutions and platforms to effectively address issues related to gender-based violence and promote the rights of women and the girl- child.

“In this phase of the project, we shall be targeting three communities within Igalamela and Adavi LGAs of Kogi state. We believe that the media plays a crucial role in shaping public opinion, raising awareness, and advocating for social change. 

“As members of the NUJ, you have the power to amplify our message and bring attention to the importance of protecting women and girls from violence and discrimination. We request your assistance in raising awareness about our project and the issues it addresses through news coverage, features, and interviews in your media outlets.

“We encourage you to use your platform to educate the public about women and girls’ rights, gender-based violence, and the importance of community involvement in addressing these issues,” she said. 

Responding, the Kogi state chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Alhaji Seidu Ademu, assured that journalists will not relent in keying into any programme that will protect the rights of women, children, including the boy and girl child in the state.