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International IDEA is working with local women title holders to combat sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria

Members of The Royal Women for Peace and Development Initiative (ROWPEDI), International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and other women-led groups, Yola Adamawa
As part of our mandate to improve justice for vulnerable women and contribute to the eradication of sexual and gender-based violence, the International IDEA, through the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme and funded by the European Union, supported the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and The Royal Women for Peace and Development Initiative (ROWPEDI).

All organizations and activists were to embark on high-level advocacy visits and awareness raising on 30 November 2023, to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Violence on Women and Girls. Targeting Girei and Nassarawo Abba Districts in Adamawa State. ROWPEDI, which serves as an umbrella association for all female title holders in Adamawa and wives of traditional rulers, boasting of a membership of over 300 individuals.

The President of ROWPEDI, Hajiya Aishatu Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha, who was represented by a member of the board of Trustee, Hajiya Fati Abubakar Girei (Garkuwan Matan Mambilla), conveyed the organisation's commitment to collaborating with FIDA and other women-led entities to eradicate violence against women and girls in the state. 

Emphasising the significance of the sensitisation activity, she highlighted that it marked ROWPEDI's inaugural involvement in such an initiative, expressing the value derived from the event. She underscored the intent to leverage ROWPEDI's influence and proximity to the people in raising awareness about Gender-Based Violence (GBV), advocating for the protection of individuals, promoting their rights, and facilitating access to services for GBV survivors.


About the authors

Murkthar Suleiman
Communications Officer
Grace Akpan
Communications Assistant
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