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2014: Enugu Day Celebration in US to Focus on Violence Against Women

By Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

Worried by the spate of violence against women and children in Nigeria particularly in Enugu state, indigenes of the state resident in United States, under the aegis of Enugu State Association (E.S.A) Washington DC Metropolitan area say their focus this year is on violence against women and the young.



To this end, the group said their gala night coming up later this year will focus on raising awareness and funds to help victims of “this unholy and barbaric act in Enugu state.”

A statement issued by the association’s president, Mr. Paul Aniugo, and the public Relations officer, Harrison Nwozo, and made available to African Examiner indicates that the group will liaise with an Enugu based NGO to disburse funds raised during the program to beneficiaries.

Mr Aniugo disclosed that the group will be working directly with an Enugu based reputable Non governmental organisation, Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL),  “whose mission is to promote a democratic society free from violence and abuse, where all human rights, in particular, women and young people are recognized in law and practice. “

The Executive Director of WACOL, Barrister (Mrs). Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, according to the association, is an activist and versatile legal scholar recognized as a leading authority in the field of human rights, especially on the rights of women and children.

She was appointed in 2008 as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, and currently serves in that capacity globally.

While soliciting for support from well meaning and spirited individuals as well as corporate organizations, the group said, “your sponsorship will support our continuous efforts in building stronger communities and healthy families as we work towards bringing more awareness to end domestic violence in our communities.”

The spokesman of the organization, Mr Harrison Nwozo appealed to “people in the Diaspora who will not be able to attend the event in Maryland but wish to contribute towards the cause, to donate through their secure fundraising site: http://www.gofundme.com/62hsrw

Mr Nwozo further called on sponsors, vendors, media, donors, advertisers to contact Harrison “Harry Baba” Nwozo , 301-793-6430, email  tribex2000@yahoo.com  or Paul Aniugo  @ 240-552-5966,  email: paulaniugo1@gmail.com for more information. 

“The gala and fund raising night will take place Saturday, May 17th 2014 at Hampton Conference Center in Capitol Heights, Maryland between 9pm-3am.” He concluded.

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