By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja Nigeria
The Program Manager, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right, Savana Signatures, Alhaji Abdul Rashidi Imoro (Ghana) has called on Civil Society Organizations around the world to increasingly promote measures/initiatives to ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal no. 5 (SDG5) – Achieve Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls, as being cross-cutting to all the other SDGs in all sectors, at all levels, for every society/ community; support the involvement of men and boys as critical agents/champions for the elimination of GBV/VAWG in their respective societies/environments and beyond.
Rashidi, who stated this in a Gender Based Violence symposium organised by Afrihealth Optonet Association, recently also pushed for the aupport of the signing of ‘Every Woman Treaty’ as a necessary ‘next step’ in ending VAWG globally, pointing out nding Gender-Based Violence by 2030 is a visible project.
“There is need for ‘clean entertainment’ to ensure that contents allowed in home videos, cartoons, music, films, games and many others, do not depict promotion or acceptance of GBV/VAWG in school curricula at the early stages of children’s education in schools, as part of the global efforts to promote and observe human rights and dignity for all persons; consider programme flexibility to include GBV interventions with current funds and going forward, providing additional resources/funds to respond to the issues of GBV/VAWG monster amongst other things”, he added.