Investing to prevent violence against women and girls via community empowerment initiative

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Presenting the Welcome Remark.

Investing in initiatives to prevent violence against women and girls through community empowerment is a pivotal strategy for creating enduring change. By allocating resources to local programs, we can tackle the root causes of gender-based violence, establishing sustainable solutions tailored to each community's distinct needs.

Community empowerment encompasses education, awareness, and fostering a supportive environment. Educational initiatives equip individuals with the tools to challenge harmful gender norms, cultivating a culture of respect and equality that dismantles attitudes contributing to violence.

Raising awareness within communities is crucial, fostering open dialogues about gender-based violence, breaking silence, and encouraging victims to seek support. Community-wide understanding can lead to collective prevention and intervention strategies.

Recognizing each community's unique dynamics is essential. Tailored interventions, considering cultural, social, and economic factors, are more effective. Collaborating with local leaders, organizations, and influencers can drive change from within.

Economic empowerment, including skills training and financial access, is a potent tool. Supporting women's economic independence enhances agency and reduces vulnerability to abuse.

In conclusion, preventing violence against women through community empowerment involves education, awareness, and tailored interventions. Cultivating respect, challenging harmful norms, and promoting economic empowerment lay the groundwork for lasting change. 

Gratitude to Voiceofwomennigeria, WFM 91.7 for supporting SOTHAWACA's efforts in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2023. To H.E Dr (Mrs) Betsy Obaseki who is greatly admired for her unwavering commitment to addressing gender-based violence who champions change with resilience, compassion, and dedication. Her drive inspires a safer and more just world for all.

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