Monday, December 7, 2020

Stigmatization And Violent Practices Against Women And Girls: Medical Women Association Of Nigeria (MWAN) Organizes A Virtual Side Event On The United Nations Commission On The Status Of Women (CSW).

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

As part of efforts to ensure that the United Nations global Initiatives on Substainable Development Goals (SGDs) is achieved, the Medical Women's Association of Nigeria (MWAN) organised a virtual side event on the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Saturday 28th November 2020.

Our reporter was part of the virtual event via Zoom.

The Leadership of Medical Women's Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Medical Women's International Association (MWIA) and other Guest Speakers deliberated on the theme: "Empowering Women And Adolescent Girls Against Violent Practices, Stigma And Stereotypes".
The Guest Speakers included: First Lady of Nigeria, Her Excellency, Mrs Aisha Buhari, Past Minister of Health Professor Adenike Grange, the Executive Director, Tabitha Cumi Foundation, Architect Mrs Adetayo Erinie, IEC Consultant, Mr. Gordon Ilogu who all spoke on different topics which provided recommendations, solutions to the possible challenges faced by women and girls globally in the area of Gender-based violence, and obnoxious Widowhood rites and advocated for better legislation towards the protection of rights of women and girls in the society for Substainable Development, and achievement of UN SDGs by 2030.

Medical Women's Association of Nigeria (MWAN) under the leadership of its National President, a World-class Consultant Public Health and Community Physician, as well as Permanent Secretary Delta State Ministry of Health, Dr. Mrs Mininim Oseji with her team of Executives in several States of the Federation and FCT has continued to live up to expectations of Nigerians as the Association has continued to add more notable achievements since the emergence of this leadership in September 2019.
The Special Guests of Honour in that auspicious event included: The President, Medical Women's International Association (MWIA), Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, MWIA Secretary-General, Professor Padmini Murthy, MWIA Past President, Professor Gabrielle Casper, and used the medium to call on mothers to avoid lending support to boys when they commit abominable acts. They also called on men as the head of the family to avoid discrimination and stigmatization of women or girls, and inculcate behavioral norms to guard against sexual or physical violence in their children.
To this end, the First Lady of Nigeria, Her Excellency, Aisha Buhari who was one of speakers in that virtual event of the United Nations Commission on the status of Women (CSW) lectured on the topic:"Future Assured Project". She was represented by Dr. Fatima Jibrilla. Past Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Adenike Grange lectured on: "The Challenges of Medical Women in Leadership". Both women called on the Nigerian Government, other Civil Society Organizations, men, and other stakeholders to support the advocacy towards ending violence Against Women and Girls in the society, while pledging Support for MWAN Leadership to end descrimination, stigmatization, and stereotypes.

Other speakers were: The Executive Director, Tabitha Cumi Foundation, Architect Mrs Adetayo Erinie who spoke on: "Empowering Women And Adolescent Girls Against Violent Practices, Stigma And Stereotypes: The Tabitha Cumi Experience And Recommdations, and IEC Consultant, Mr. Gordon Ilogu who Lectured on the topic: " The Role of Men in Empowering Women And Girls Against Violent Practices, Stigma And Stereotypes".

The duo used the medium to advocate that men have to ensure that domestication is not restricted to the girl child alone.

MWAN National President, Dr. Mininim Oseji who delivered a Lecture on: "Enforcing legislation on harmful traditional Practices Against Women and girls: MWAN past and present, frowned at activities that tend to promote gender-based violence such as female genital mutilation, obnoxious widowhood rites, while encouraging members of the Association to remain focus towards the actualization of its legacies on its 16 Days activism Against the menace, ensuring better networking by recruiting the male folk to support the advocacy and promote a culture of self-independence for women and girls.

In her words, the association's Post-CSW Networking will address four areas of concern in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and focus on: Organising a workshop on reviewing legislations to curtail harmful traditional widowhood practices, Gender-based violence Against Women and girls, descrimination, stigmatization and stereotypes, provide support for women in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, organize conflict resolutions round table discussion for States experiencing insurgency, protection of human rights of women, promote conditional transfer of cash for women in areas with high rates of birth by Traditional Birth Attendants, create awareness on proper disposal of waste to promote cleaner environment, embark on capacity building as part of the solutions to eliminate the Gender-based Violence menace in the society.

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