The Nigerian Governors Wives Forum (NGWF) will hold a webinar with prominent entertainment personalities on Tuesday June 29th, to commemorate the International Day of Drug Abuse 2021.

The Nigerian Governors Wives Forum is organising a public webinar featuring members of the entertainment industry, to explore the links between drug abuse and
sexual and gender-based violence to commemorate International Day of
Drug Abuse (June 26) 2021.  Members of the entertainment industry serve
as role models for young people, and can be powerful voices for social
change. NGWF hopes that by organising the webinar, it will help inform
collaborations and partnerships that can strengthen the interventions of
their members individually and collectively

“_Most young people in the country look up to entertainers as
influential advocates for social change and role models. The epidemic of
drug abuse is of deep concern to us as mothers, and we believe it is
important to connect with entertainment industry players to explore how
we can continue to raise awareness about these critical issues. We also
see this as an opportunity to explore the links between drug abuse and
sexual and gender-based violence. The webinar will also address how
partnerships with stakeholders who have the ability to reach a mass
audience, can alleviate the severity of these two scourges_” Erelu
Bisi Fayemi, Chair, NGWF

Speakers at the webinar are Nollywood superstars Kate Henshaw, Ali Nuhu
and Toyin Abraham Ajeyemi; Playwright & Director Ifeoma Fafunwa; Music
stars Di’Ja and Timi Dakolo. The session will be moderated by Nollywood
icon and thespian Joke Silva.

In 2020, the Nigerian Governors Wives Forum established a flagship
initiative called Nigerian Governors’ Wives Against Gender Based
Violence (NGWA-GBV) to address the country’s rising incidences of sexual
and gender violence. The Governors’ Wives were deeply concerned with
the increasing cases of sexual and gender-based violence. The Governors
Wives began working diligently and eventually influenced the Nigerian
Governors Forum (NGF) to declare a state of emergency against Sexual and
Gender Based Violence on June 10th, 2020. Sensitization and awareness
campaigns against Gender Based Violence remain one of the main goals of
NGWF. Their advocacy has helped fast track the domestication of the
Violence against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP) and so far, 27 States in
the nation have passed the law. Governors’ Wives have also played an
active role in the establishment of Sexual Assault Referral Centers,
Shelters, and Safe Spaces and have advocated for necessary laws and
policies to protect women and children.

Date: Tuesday June 29, 2021
Time: 11am WAT
Venue: Zoom. Live streaming on YouTube & Facebook
Registration Link: bit.ly/NGW-webinar

This webinar is supported by Ford Foundation.

Media Contact
Ada Njemanze
NOVVA Media & Communications
Email: Ada@novvamedia.com

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