Through Chiamaka Ajeamo
Like As part of events to celebrate the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women and Girls, HACEY Health Initiative sensitized young Nigerians to speak out against gender-based violence (GBV) using art as a tool advocacy through its ARTagainstGBV workshop.
According to HACEY, the 16 Days of Activism is an annual international campaign to raise awareness, galvanize efforts, resources, share knowledge and information on preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls.
HACEY Health Initiative Executive Director Rhoda Robinson said GBV was one of the most notable human rights abuses in societies today, adding that it is a growing pandemic faced by people all over the world, as it does not impact socio-economic, religious, ethnic or geographic boundaries.
Robinson said: “According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, most often by someone she knows. Despite its high prevalence, GBV is vastly underreported due to a culture of silence, stigma, and lack of access to resources and support systems.
“While women and girls are disproportionately affected by gender-based violence, boys and men also experience gender-based violence. GBV can have a serious impact on the health outcomes, mental state, physical well-being and socio-economic status of survivors.
Robinson explained that the goal of the ARTagainstGBV workshop was to promote a GBV-free society by increasing understanding of the issue and challenging societal norms that perpetuate violence against women and girls through art projects designed to depict everyday examples of issues facing women and girls.
“This workshop engaged 50 young people from Lagos State in the creation of art projects using paintings, drawings, mosaics and collages to tell stories about gender inequality, particularly gender-based violence, as a medium challenge social norms and stimulate efforts that help advance the rights of women and girls It will also build the capacity of men and boys on their role in ending GBV in their homes, communities, academic institutions and their workplaces,” Robinson said.
Also speaking, Senior Project Coordinator, Chioma Osakwe, represented by Project Manager, Jolaade Olatunbosun, said the workshop provides an opportunity for young people to speak out against GBV using art as a tool. advocacy.
“It aims to promote a society free of gender-based violence by improving people’s understanding of the issue and challenging societal norms that perpetuate violence against women and girls through art projects designed to portray examples day-to-day issues that women and girls face,” she said.