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  • Updated: December 04, 2022

NGO Urges Community, Religious Leaders To Support Women In Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

NGO Urges Community, Religious Leaders To Support Women In F

The South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO) has urged community and religious leaders of Awha-Ndiagu community to support women of the Sister Guardian Initiative in the fight against gender-based violence.

Blessing Udochukwu, the Coordinator, Sisters Guardian Initiative project of the SSDO gave the advice in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State to commemorate the 2022 Sixteen Days  of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Udochukwu said that the support could go a long way to make the mediation by the members a success.

“When leaders in communities get involved in settling matters between husbands and wives or matters on violence against women and girl-child, there will be peace in the community,” she said.

She called on the women of the initiative project to also involve the leaders whenever the matters were difficult for them to handle.

According to her, the Sister Guardian Initiative is a community-based response, provided by women trained by SSDO for women facing violence through providing companionship, safe space, mediation with the husbands, extended families and village authorities.

Stella Ani, the Micro Credit Officer of the SSDO encouraged the women of the initiative project to get involved in economic activities in order to help their families financially.

Ani stressed that most violence against women were due to inadequate finance on the part of the husbands as meeting the needs of the families could be difficult for them sometimes.

She added that the SSDO was ready to help the initiative project members financially, through its different credit facilities by registering as a cooperative societies.

Angela Zeigbo, President, Sister Guardian Initiative, Awha-Ndiagu Community said the initiative set up by SSDO had brought love, peace, unity and progress in her community.

Zeigbo commended the SSDO for the project in her community as it had made their men to recognize their worth.

The Traditional Leader, Chief Titus Chioke expressed his joy over the peace and love the initiative project had brought to his community, especially among husbands and wives as it had also reduced violence against persons in the community.

Chioke promised to include three of the executive members of the sister guardian initiative into the traditional rulers’ council of the community.

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