EU-UN Spotlight Calls For Inclusivity On Sexual Violence

EU-UN Spotlight Calls For Inclusivity On Sexual Violence

Blessing Bature, Abuja

As the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative begins its second phase of implementation, the European Union, EU, has called for more inclusivity so that no one is left behind and emphasized a central commitment of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

The Spotlight Desk Officer for the European Union, Ms Esme Stuart made the call during a technical coordination meeting held on April 12 at the UN House which was organized to identify areas of collaboration between UN agencies, share technical feedback and track progress on set goals. 

Ms Stuart added that “upholding human rights and equality are core values of the European Union, they are enshrined in policies that guide its actions. We must ensure involvement and consultation of vulnerable groups at all levels”.

She emphasized that inclusivity for vulnerable groups include making services accessible for people living with disability.  

The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between the European Union and United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030. We are the world’s largest targeted effort to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

It responds to all forms of violence against women and girls, with a focus on gender-based violence, harmful practices, femicide, FGM, trafficking in humans, sexual abuse, economic (labour) exploitation and domestic abuse.

The technical coordination meeting which was hosted by the Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian coordinator and chaired by the Spotlight Initiative Coordinator, Ms Hadiza Aminu Dorayi, brought together representatives of the EU with some Recipient United Nations Organizations, RUNOs, which are UNFPA, UN Women, UNICEF and UNESCO. 

The coordinator reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to work with partners and relevant stakeholders to ensure that no one is left behind in Nigeria’s efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls. 

She commended state governments and civil society organizations for their significant contributions to the milestones recorded so far in this area. 

Aminu urged everyone to work on surpassing the past achievements and added that ‘the Spotlight Initiative Secretariat stands ready to support innovative approaches to ending gender-based violence.’

Also present were some civil society representatives and the UN Information Centre, UNIC.

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