Stephanie Linus & the former Deputy Governor of Plateau state Mrs Pauline Tallen

Stephanie Linus & the Acting INEC Chairman Hajiya Amina Zakari

LAGOS, NIGERIA (September 2015) – The United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a US-based
International Agency, on September 1st 2015, announced A-list actress,
producer and director Stephanie Linus as the Ambassador for the ‘Stop
Violence Against Women In Elections’ Campaign.

Her formal presentation as an ambassador took place at the Transcorp Hilton
Hotel, Abuja. The event was attended by the Acting INEC Chairman Hajiya
Amina Zakari, the former Deputy Governor of Plateau state Mrs Pauline
Tallen, the NDI Country Director Jasper Veen, the Team Leader of Democracy
and Governance USAID Blair King, a representative of the Inspector General
of Police Solomon Arase amongst others.

Stop-VAWIE (Violence Against Women In Elections) Campaign is a project that
seeks to create public awareness on various forms of violence against women
before, during and after elections in Nigeria, which often militates their
active participation in the electoral process.

This project, which is funded by the USAID, is an initiative of the NDI in
partnership with the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA). Ahead
of the Kogi and Bayelsa gubernatorial elections, Stephanie as an ambassador
will create awareness around the project and elicit the support of different
segments of society to report cases of violence against women and bring an
end to this menace.

Stephanie, who is very passionate about the cause and happy to be an
ambassador, pledged her full support to the campaign.

“I pledge my full support, my voice and everything within my capacity to
make sure that these issues are brought to light and to help educate people
about this violence and find ways we can put an end to it, so that we can
have a better society for ourselves and the future generation.”

To find out more on how you can help, please log on to
https://www.ndi.org/Stop-VAWIE-Nigeria. For more on Stephanie follow her on
facebook at www.facebook.com/StephanieOkerekeLinus
or on twitter
@stephanielinus.

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