United Nations (UN) has called on all journalists, media persons and civil societies to mobilise support for the passage of the Bill for the Prohibition of Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Institutions.
UN Women Country Representative in Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Comfort Lamptey made the call in Abuja yesterday, during the People Journalism Prize For Africa 2019, organised by Gatefield to honour distinguished Journalists.
Represented by the UN Communication Analyst, Mercedes Alfa, Lamptey said ending violence against women and girls is a key priority area at UN Women. “Women and girls are disproportionately subjected to violence, including femicide, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, trafficking and harmful practices.
“The Spotlight Initiative to end violence against women and girls is a global initiative with operations in 136 countries including Nigeria. It is a joint programme by the European Union, United Nations and in Nigeria, with the Federal Government and five state governments which include Lagos, Cross River, Adamawa, Sokoto and Ebonyi,” she said.
The People Prize for Journalism Africa which was organised by Gatefield is to honour an investigative reporter and broadcaster, Mordi and Fisoyo Sombo.
Sombo was honoured for going undercover to reveal corruption by officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
In a similar vein, Mordi was honoured for utilising her voice and gifts to advocate for gender equality by bringing some of the pertinent issues affecting young women to the fore in her ground-breaking documentary, Sex for Grades, which helped give Nigerian women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence, a sense of justice.