Borno State Ministry Wraps Up 2023 16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Violence

Under the theme “Unite, Invest to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls,” the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, in collaboration with the gender-based violence sub-sector, held a remarkable closing ceremony for the 2023 16 Days of Activism campaign against gender violence. The event took place at Forshams in Maiduguri.

The Honorable Commissioner Hajjiya Zuwaira Gambo, who unable to attend due to an official Assignment, was ably and respectfully represented by the esteemed Director of Women Affairs within the ministry, Falmata Omar Lawan. Her presence was emblematic of the Ministry’s commitment and dedication to addressing gender violence in the state.

Attending the ceremony were distinguished guests, including the Head of Office for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Honourable Commissioner of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (MWASD), Representative from Ministry of Budget and Planning, the Gender-Based Violence Sub-Sector Coordinator, the Country Director of the International Medical Corps (IMC), Representatives of Women led organisations and UNHCR. as well as women and girls from the local community.

The highlight of the program was a thought-provoking and fruitful Round Table Discussion by Students of University of Maiduguri focused on the pressing issues of climate change and school-based gender-based violence. Prominent experts and stakeholders from various backgrounds engaged in a meaningful dialogue, shedding light on the connections between these issues and illuminating potential strategies for prevention and mitigation.

The discussions spurred innovative ideas and practical solutions, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts to create a safe and inclusive environment for women and girls. This session further underlined the urgent need for investment in comprehensive programs and services that support survivors and educate communities to prevent gender violence.

As the closing ceremony concluded, it became clear that the Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, alongside its partners, UNFPA, GBV SS, and IMC, remain steadfast in their commitment to eradicating gender violence. By uniting and investing in prevention efforts, Borno State is determined to create a future where women and girls can thrive without the fear of violence or discrimination.

This closing ceremony marks a significant milestone in the fight against gender violence, instilling hope for a brighter and more equitable future for all.

Borno APC New Media