WINET’s Success in Ending Gender-Based Violence in Akegbe-Ugwu, Enugu State

Mrs. Virginia Nevo is a community member from Akegbe-Ugwu. She said she had been married for over twenty-five (25) years but the marriage has not been a happy one because of the acts of violence she had been experiencing for the past 7years. In 2012, one of her brother’s in law met her on her way with her daughter from the market and started interrogating her where she was coming from. The man did not want to hear her out and started beating her. She has been beaten on several occasions, but she did not know who or where to report to. 

She said that her in laws started threatening to send her packing from her home. Fortunately, she was selected to participate in the Town Hall Meeting on “Ending Violence Against Women and Girls and Gender Based Violence” which took place on Saturday 21st March 2020 in their community organized by Women Information Network (WINET) as part of the Women’s Voice and Leadership project, in partnership with ActionAid Nigeria and funded by Global Affairs Canada.  Mrs. Nevo was very happy after attending the activity. 

The topics discussed motivated her. She has increased her level of knowledge on violence against women and girls, how to protect her rights as a woman, laws that promote and protect women’s rights for example, Enugu State Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law 2019 as well as places to seek help. She said, “I now know my rights and nobody can throw me out of my husband’s house”. Anytime the issue of sending her out will be raised, she said that she will call WINET or any of the women led organizations to intervene in the matter.

Mrs. Virginia Nevo, a trader, has also gone further to educate some of the women in their local market who were not able to attend the training on the things she learnt concerning violence against women and girls. She cited herself as an example and told them that there are places to