(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)-The Coalition for Eastern NGOs, CENGOS, Rivers State chapter has organized a train –the- trainers programme for peer educators ( teachers and corps members serving in selected secondary schools in Port Harcourt) on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender based violations.
Speaking at the event on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the Lead Facilitator, Josephine Odey, explained that the programme was planned to enhance the understanding of participants on sexual and reproductive health rights, as human rights; to empower them with facilitation skills and to also build capacity to take action to end violation of these rights.
In her presentation on Reproductive and Sexual Health, Loretta Ahuokpeme, one of the facilitators, explained that sexual and reproductive health encompasses state of social, mental and physical well being, and that it is central in human relations and development.
Speaking with Notable Outcome on the sidelines of the train- the- trainers programme in Port Harcourt, Mr. Pascal Anozie, who represented the National Coordinator of CENGOS, harped on the need for collaborations to end gender based violence in Nigeria.
He said: “The programme is all about building bridges to end gender violence and increase young peoples’ access to sexual reproductive health information and services.
“And the project is being supported by Amplified change, and executed by CENGOS, in partnership with CIRDDOC. We have teachers and corps members from schools, to learn to be able to train students to take the message to their peers”.
In her own remarks, The Rivers State Coordinator of CENGOS, Mrs.Dumka Emma- David, observed that gender based violence is a reality, but that many citizens are not well informed about the dynamics of the problem.
She appealed to the citizens to report rape and other gender based issues to relevant authorities for the punishment of those behind them.
The state coordinator however regretted the take over of societal values by Social Media, warning that parents who neglect their duties only make their children to become vulnerable to unhealthy information from other sources.