The United Nations organ working for the empowerment of women, also known as UN Women, has pledged support to Edo State Government’s policies aimed at protecting women and girls as well as strategies deployed by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration in curbing human trafficking.
Country Representative for Nigeria, UN Women, Comfort Lamptey, said this during a courtesy visit to the governor at Government House in Benin City.
Lamptey said the domestication of the Violence Against Persons (VAP) Law by Edo State Government is commendable and a right step in protecting women and girls in the state.
She said the UN organ is working with the Italian Government to ensure that policies to protect women and girls are implemented in Nigeria, especially as the country is addressing the challenge of human trafficking.
According to her, the partnership with the state government is aimed at ensuring women organisations involved in the fight against trafficking of women and girls are strengthened and supported with relevant leadership skills so they can better interface with relevant agencies.