The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Dr. Edward Kallon has advocated budgetary allocation for Gender Based Violence in the 2021 appropriation law.
This will ensure implementation of policies and action targeted at addressing violence against women and children, he said.
He made the call in Abuja at a media conference on the commencement of the Spotlight Initiative Programme to eliminate violence against women and girls.
He said the Initiative was multi-sectoral approach for stakeholders to address increasing rate of gender based violence in the country.
He noted that the main objectives of the programme was to connect victims to services, address systemic challenges, gender inequalities and injustice as well as create awareness.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen expressed confidence that the multi-sectoral approach adopted under the Spotlight Initiative would enhance the quality of life of the most vulnerable.
Dame Pauline said addressing the linkages between sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices with reproductive health required concerted efforts from a broad range of stakeholders at national and state levels.
The Spotlight Initiative Programme supported by the United Nations and the European Union is currently being implemented in the Federal Capital Territory and in Lagos, Cross Rivers, Sokoto, Adamawa and Eboyi states.