Fed Govt, UNFPA partner against gender-based violence

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On its efforts to address the challenges adolescents across the country encounter such as gender-based violence (GBV), substance , and lack access to sexual reproductive services, is partnering the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to develop local strategies aimed at tackling the menace.

The UNFPA noted the -19 pandemic has brought to the fore some the persistent challenges adolescents face such as the silent pandemic gender-based violence (GBV), the prevalent stigma adolescents experience in accessing family planning services and the hurdles adolescents and young people living HIV has to overcome in accessing .

It called on governments at all levels and to foster engagements adolescents and give them a platform for their voice to be heard.

While disclosing these in Abuja during a briefing to commemorate the International Adolescent Health Week whose theme is “Resilience in the Face Pandemic,” the UNFPA representative in Nigeria, Ms Ulla Elisabeth Mueller urged the government and other critical stakeholders to ramp up engagements with adolescents, and give them platforms for expression.

She said: “This has been our mantra and the key component of our three transformative results of ensuring zero-maternal mortality, zero-unmet need for contraceptives and zero-incidents of gender-based violence and other harmful practices.

UNFPA has also given technical and financial support to all relevant government structures at the and sub- levels to advance adolescent health programming.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire said: “The leading health challenges among adolescents and young people in Nigeria, from the report of a situation analysis conducted by the Federal of Health 2019, are issues of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH), mental health disorders, substance , nutritional problems, violence and injuries, physical disorders and chronic conditions such as asthma, disorders, and oral health problems, including communicable and non-communicable diseases.