The United Nations-Women in partnership with a Non- governmental Organisation, Women Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative, WRAPA have launched a Gender Social Accountability Toolkit, to guide stakeholders on the strategy to adopt in addressing all forms of discrimination and violation against women and girls.
At the launch in Abuja, the Representative of UN Women, Ms. Angela Muruli explained that the Toolkit would enable government and civil society Organisations to effectively champion the course of ending violence against women and ensure equity in resource allocation.
“And also, to campion sustainability so that we can continue to push forward the momentum on key items such as the VAPP Act and many other legislations and provisions we are championing to bring an end to violence against women and girls” she said
The Secretary General, WRAPA, Hajia Saudatu Mahdi represented by Senior Executive Programmes and Project Coordinator, Mrs Yemisi Nathaneil said the Gendered Toolkit would serves as a guide to grassroots organisations on ways to carry out advocacy and demand accountability on duty bearers.
“The Toolkit will stand as the “how to do” of advocacy, of accountability mechanism within their communities. These laws and policies, how do we ensure that it is implemented within our communities, this toolkit is what will put them through on step by step, how to do of all of these” she said
The Consultant for Social Accountability Toolkit, Ms. Kaneng Rwange-pam further said that the Toolkit would also aid women’s right groups and Organisations to know the right information needed to address specific situation and the right agencies to address them.
One of the participants, Ms. Farah James of the Association of Women Living with HIV and Aids in Adamawa state, said the Gender Tool kit would help tremendously in the access and implementation of measures to adopt to proactively restructure the system for an end to sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria.