Akwa Ibom State has emerged one of the model states in the maiden edition of the Womanity Index. The Womanity Index Report was launched yesterday, 4th December 2023 in Abuja, Nigeria by Invictus Africa and BudgIT Foundation.
The Womanity Index Report utilized quantitative and qualitative data collection and research approaches, and assessed subnational government’s commitments to GBV prevention and response using indicators across five indexes (Laws and Policies, Access to Legal Justice, Support Services, Information and Awareness, and Budget and Spending). States are ranked using colour codes, both overall and individual index.
Akwa Ibom State was ranked across the five indices as follows:
Laws and Policy -Blue (Excellent)
Access to Legal Justice – Yellow (Fair)
Support Services – Yellow (Fair)
Information and Awareness – Green (Very Good)
Budget and Spending -Green (Very Good)
Overall Ranking -Green (Very Good)
It was ranked GREEN along with Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, FCT, Kaduna and Ogun states.
Only Lagos State was ranked BLUE, a shining example for other states of the federation to follow as far as SGBV Prevention and Response is concern.
The Womanity Index shows gaps in the implementation of SGBV Prevention and Response even among the Blue, Green, Yellow and Red States.
This implies that Akwa Ibom State still has lots of room for improvement despite the great progress recorded since COVID-19 on SGBV Prevention and Response in State.
Akwa Ibom State Government got interested in GBV response and prevention in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The effort and political will of the immediate past First Lady of Akwa Ibom State, Her Excellency, Dr. Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel has not gone unnoticed. Her effort is yielding results.
Congratulations to the reformers in government and civil society actors that have been the face of GBV response and prevention advocacy in Akwa Ibom State. That Akwa Ibom is recognized as a model State for GBV response and prevention is due to your years of service. Well done to Akwa Ibom State GBV Management Committee.
The gaps revealed in this report calls for more action to improve on those indexes, Akwa Ibom State has not done excellently well.
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