On July 19 – 20, 2022, ECOWAS will host the sixth online gathering of the Regional Partners/CSOs/Non-State Actors Against Gender Based Violence/Violence Against Children (ECW-RPWG-GBV/VAC) Working Group.
The two-days event began with remarks from Dr. Sintiki Tarfa Ugbe, Director of Humanitarian and Social Affairs for the ECOWAS, who was represented by Mr. Olatunde Olayemi, Program Officer, Social Dimension of Trafficking in Persons, and ended with remarks from Mr. Sam Victor Makwe, who spoke on behalf of Ambassador Musa Sani Nuhu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the ECOWAS.
The Working Group, which was formed in October 2020, aims to use ECOWAS’ convening mandate to galvanize immediate action across the region toward eradicating Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Violence Against Children (VAC), as well as ensuring that every child and woman is protected now and in the future.
The Group had its fifth meeting earlier in December 2021, where significant decisions were made, including the formation of Committees to develop a Template for ‘Spot Lighting’ Member States on GBV/VAC planned by the Working Group for 2022, finalize the draft ‘Operating Procedures’ for the Working Group, and explore the possibility of engaging a Consultant to man the Working Group’s Secretariat and another expert to be embedded in the Human Security Group.
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