Group identfies paucity of fund as barrier to GBV response

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Abakaliki, Ebonyi.

The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWA), has identified paucity of fund as the major challenge facing Service Providers battling to effectively respond to Gender- Based Violence in the state.

Mrs Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, the Minister of Women Affairs, made the observation on Friday during a Coordination Meeting with the State Technical Working Group (TWG) on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in the country.

According to Kennedy-Ohanenye, who was represented by Mrs Angela Idalu, a Social Welfare Officer at the ministry, following cases reported by the service providers, “we understand that funding is a major challenge.

“Cases reported by the service providers, the health, police, Justice, civil society groups, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders showed that funding is a challenge.

“These are hard working groups and we understand their plights,” Kennedy-Ohanenye said.

She pledged to link the state TWG to the federal ministry’s database to enable them upload cases to the website for quick intervention.

In her keynote address, she noted that the menace remained a threat to health and safety of the vulnerable group.

She commended the state ministry of women affairs for its tireless efforts and coordination role in addressing the menace of VAWG in the state.

She acknowledged the collaborative efforts of the UNFPA in adopting a systematic approach for intervention.

She also applauded the UNFPA concern in all forms of sexual and GBV, women’s health and well-being such as reproductive health rights, maternal mortality reduction, fistula and other harmful practices.

The minister said the ministry would continue its partnership and collaboration with the agency and other stakeholders for service provision, protection, mapping of services provided.

She added that the commitment would enable the FMWA to identify, scale up, replicate and strengthen opportunities that would provide profiles of survivors for solution.

She further stated that the ministry is establishing a national TWG that consists of state and non-state actors to strengthened collaboration and partnership in addressing sexual and GBV cases.

Mrs Felicia Nwankpuma, Ebonyi Commissioner for women affairs, called on the UNFPA and FMWA for an increased partnership that would further add value to people.

Nwankpuma assured that the meeting would enhance synergy with all stakeholders and promote accountability on GBV programming for vulnerable groups in the state.

She thanked the UNFPA and USAID-MCGL for establishing an active situation room in the ministry for data management of all issues relating to GBV.

She also commended efforts of the Governors’ Wife, Mrs Mary-Maudline Nwifuru, in promoting women’s development and participation of the girl child in the society.

The event featured presentation of the type of services rendered from providers.

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