USAID rolls out a new pursuit to counter Gender Based Violence in Nigeria

USAID responds to Nigeria’s increasing gender based violence. [Image: courtesy]
Nigeria—The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an independent agency of the United States Federal government, responsible for administering civilian foreign aid has launched a new activity in Nigeria to counter escalating gender related violence in the country.

Together with Nigeria’s minister for Humanitarian affairs Sadiya Umar Farouq, and minister for women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, U.S.’ Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon, ceremoniously launched  a four year plan from the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) that aims to bar and counter gender associated conflicts in Ebonyi and Sokoto states.

Gender Based Violence has been characterized as a social and health catastrophe with the female gender subjected to adverse shortcomings.

Through USAID’s donation of $5 million, Momentum Country AND Global Leadership in Nigeria (MCGL) seeks to lower maternal and child mortality rate by supporting Nigeria’s devotion to offer quality, humane health care.

MCGL targets tackling early forced marriages, drivers of child as it curbs the violence against female the gender.

“This new activity from USAID will strengthen GBV response mechanism to help communities transform discriminatory gender and social norms that continue to subordinate women and make them vulnerable, and uphold and defend women’s health and human rights,” Chargé FitzGibbon said at the launch.

“It will increase women’s voice and agency and reduce their vulnerability to gender-based violence.”

GBV is engineered by organizational favoritism and unequal power relations that confine women in a cocoon with limited reach for basic human rights. I.e. education, employment, finances, health care and chances to participate to their family, community and even country’s political and economic sphere.

Statistics in Nigeria indicate that one in three women aged 15-24 years have been subjected to Gender Based Violence of a kind.

Unfortunately, it is done with individuals they consider as family, friends or mentors. And being steered with ancient African cultures, religions or traditions.