In its bid at consolidating the gains recorded by Voices For Change, which has for the past five years, passionate stakeholders at the forefront of campaigning against gender related discriminations and violence have launched Kaduna Social Movement, which is to be powered by the social media.
The launching which was held on Thursday, attracted several partners from the active non governmental structures, activists, On Air Personalities, students of key tertiary institutions and media executives within Kaduna State.
Speaking to newsmen on the sidelines of the maiden social movement meeting, Executive Director of Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women, Barrister Rebecca Sako-John said that the movement is voluntary and would be funded by the volunteers at take-off.
“For now we are all expected to bring on board our skills or resources because for now nobody would fund the movement. Hopefully, when it takes off and people see you are doing good, it would start generating funding for itself.
“Based on the specific needs, as time goes on, we would begin to source for funds. Anybody coming on board now should know that nothing is coming in, we would know those committed, because those out for something would not stay,” she said.
Speaking further, she suggested that for the social movement to start and be successful, some key decisions need to be taken.
“This is a foundation meeting for the social movement. I would say it has taken off but some features need to be included. There is need for coordination of the process, without which it may not be successful,” she emphasized.
Also speaking to newsmen, Executive Director, Gender Awareness Trust (GAT), Dr. Lydia Umar said that Voices For Change was rounding up in Kaduna State after impacting on the citizens for five years and stakeholders decided to introduce the Social Movement to carry on advocacy it has been doing.
Dr. Umar explained that the idea of 50-50 does not necessarily mean that whenever there are available positions, women and men must share it equally, but seeks to correct wrongs in the society.
“The setting up of social movement in Kaduna State is timely. It affords people opportunity to have a loud voice when speaking out collectively against injustice and violence against women and children. We need a mass of people to look at things that affect us in Kaduna and solve them,” she added.
Part of the activities that took place at the meeting included panel discussion, group presentation and indication of interest by invited groups.