Gender Based Violence: Wife of Abia Governor, Nkechi Ikpeazu Enlists Support of Wives of LG Chairmen

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Wife of Abia State Governor, Dr Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu has solicited the support of all the wives of the newly elected Local Government Chairmen in the State “in the campaign of ending all forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) especially Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)”.

Mrs Ikpeazu who described her meeting with wives of the LG Chairmen as a “very critical conversation” in a series of tweets Wednesday via her official Twitter handle @nkechi_ikpeazu, said she impressed it upon them “the imperatives of sustaining a robust grassroots movement to end GBV by creating local community response and support structures for victims and survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence led by local actors and responders”.

The full tweets read:

“Today (Wednesday), I had several hours of very critical conversation with the wives of the new Local Government Chairmen in Abia State, a further step in my resolve to strengthen political and community structures in the campaign of ending all forms of #GBV especially #VAWG

“I impressed on them the imperatives of sustaining a robust grassroots movement to end GBV by creating local community response and support structures for victims and survivors of SGBV led by local actors and responders.

“I have tasked wives of L.G. Chairmen as critical stakeholders to begin a campaign of institutionalizing Incidence Reporting Office (IROs) in their various Local Government Areas and also create a network of community responders including CBOs, FBOs, Traditional Leaders etc.

“These structures will function with the state response guidelines and work closely and directly with the State Action Committee on GBV which I Chair.

“The Wives of LGA Chairmen have committed to begin this advocacy with their husbands and get them to appoint Response Officers in the Local Government Areas and create a referral structure to give victims access care and justice”.

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