Religious and traditional leaders saying NO to negative practices

As part of activities to commemorate the 16 days of activism against gender based violence (GBV), V2P partners in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Social Development in Kaduna state organized a meeting targeted at religious and traditional leaders, to discuss social issues affecting girls and women‘s health and wellbeing in relation to interpretations of religious and social norms. This very strategic meeting held on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at the Emir of Zazzau palace in Zaria, Kaduna state. Government officials, media, community members and CSOs were also in attendance.

Commissioner of Women and Social Development Kaduna state; Hajiya Hafsat Baba addressing traditional and religious leaders

The meeting was put together based on findings from a power mapping exercise conducted: the Emir of Zazzau was identified to be the most influential first class traditional ruler and Muslim leader in the state. He is the chairperson of the council of chiefs and a very highly respected figure in the Muslim circles in Northern Nigeria.

This was an opportunity to solicit support of religious and traditional leaders to use their different platforms to speak against social and religious norms that harm women and girls. These respected leaders were encouraged to use their role and relevance to address challenges and underlying causes of GBV.

Getting the endorsement of the Emir of Zazzau to speak against these harmful practices and promote the rights of women and girls went a long way to motivate other traditional leaders to join in the campaign. All the high level individuals {religious and traditional leaders, government officials} present at the meeting committed to use their respected positions in the communities to bring a reduction and gradually elimination of negative practices.

Emir of Zazzua saying NO to negative practices against women and girls

This high level meeting is building on V2P’s already existing efforts and activities of giving voice to women and girls by creating spaces for them to voice out their issues, be heard, and also to be part of the decision making processes in their communities.

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