EU, Denmark plan to check gender-violence in Nigeria

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The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Ketil Karlson has
expressed the body’s commitment to eradicating gender-based violence in Nigeria
through activism.

Karlson, who spoke at the weekend in Abuja at an event tagged “15 minutes’ Flash
Mob” organised by the EU as part of activities to mark the 2018 days of activism
against gender-based violence”, urged all stakeholders to join the move to end
the menace globally.

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“The message we are sending is that violence must stop. Of course we have to say
this now but we have to remember it for the rest of the year and for the many
years to come because our daughters, our wives, our mothers don’t really deserve
to experience violence.

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“We are having events on the internet because we want to reach out to millions
of people and to make sure that this important message really gets across,” he
said.

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A lot of Nigerian celebrities, according to Karlson, have joined the campaign
because of their belief in the project.

“There is no better day to tell the world and the women in particular that they
deserve our support to end all forms of gender based violence,’’ he said

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The Denmark Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jasper Kamp, said the event was extremely
important in order to make people aware of the issues with gender- based
violence in Nigeria and all over the world.

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He said the Denmark government was committed to fighting against such violence
all over the world, adding that the activism was aimed at engaging millions of
people through social and conventional media.

He encouraged individuals and groups to support the movement by reporting any
act of violence against women to the appropriate authorities like the police and
other relevant agencies.

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“We are here to support the project as Denmark, and EU in Nigeria. We have a
campaign called 16 days of activism against gender based violence,” Kamp said.

-GUARDIAN-

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