The Cross River Ministry of Justice in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has organized a 2-day training for members of Spotlight Initiative Community based Structures in Obanliku local government area of the state.
Mr Kebe Ikpi, Coordinator of the Child Protection Network (CPN) in Cross River, and lead facilitator, said the training which took place between 29th and 30th September, 2023, was part of Spotlight Initiative’s activity in ending violence against children, violence against women and girls and gender based violence.
He explained that the focus of the training was on child protection case management, principles of case management, legal instruments for ending Violence Against Children (VAC), among others.
“During the training, violence against women that were identified and prevalent in the communities include money marriage, neglect, trafficking, issues of teenage pregnancy and sexual abuse.
“Participants were required to draw an action plan that would step down the training to their members during their meetings. We expect to hear from them and to see what they have done with the knowledge they are given. By reason of this knowledge they have themselves become ambassadors of the end violence campaign in their communities and groups,” he said.
Participants at the training were drawn from 10 communities in Obanliku Local Government Area.