The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) is set to sensitize stakeholders in Ebonyi State on the forms and prevalence of gender-based violence in extractive sector.
The centre under its BUILD grant by Ford Foundation would engage stakeholders in the extractive sector, host communities and government institutions in a one-day policy dialogue tomorrow (August 17).
A statement by the centre’s programme co-ordinator, Ms. Victoria Ose Udoh, said the state-level policy dialogue which is an integral component of the BUILD grant was crucial in stimulating discussions with relevant stakeholders on different forms and prevalence of gender-based violence faced by women in the extractive sector, particularly in Ebonyi State.
According to her, the dialogue will not only concentrate on the diagnosis of policy problems as regarding these ills but will also proffer solutions to them in other to address all forms of gender-based violence in the extractive sector in the state, and in Nigeria as a whole.
She added that the policy dialogue which precedes the capacity building of representatives of mining host communities and artisanal miners in the state, would also serve as an opportunity to validate ‘the research analysis of the forms and prevalence of gender-based violence in the extractive sector” which was conducted under the BUILD grant by the centre in collaboration with Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Udoh enjoined the members of the public to follow the conversations via the Centre LSD social media handles “as we work to collectively reduce women’s vulnerability in the extractive sector.”