Speakers, Panelists named for the International Conference on Involving men and boys as critical change agents/champions for eliminating Gender-Based Violence (GBV)/Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), 25 November

24 November, 2021


*Speakers, Panelists named for the international conference on ‘**Involving men and boys as critical change agents/champions for eliminating Gender-Based Violence (GBV)/Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)’*

The persisting ‘Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)’/’Gender-Based Violence (GBV)’ is a huge preventable problem, a solvable global disaster; which affects all of us. One in every three women globally experiences domestic violence and or sexual assault.

In commemoration of ’16 Days of Activism’, *Afrihealth Optonet Association (AHOA)* – *the CSOs Network* is pleased to announce the following official speakers and panelists for the virtual:

*International Conference on ‘**Involving men and boys as critical change agents/champions for eliminating Gender-Based Violence (GBV)/Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)’*

Keynote Address by:

*Her Excellency, *

*Her Excellency, Dame **Pauline** Kedem Tallen**,* OFR, KSG *(*Nigeria)

Honourable Minister of Women Affairs

Other Speakers and Panelists:

*Ms **Faith Mvududu** (*Zimbabwe)

Director and Mental Health First Aider; Lily Blossom Academy

Topic: The Church A Breeding Ground for Unspoken Abuse Against Women and Girls

*Mrs. Kate Isah Ihensekhien (*Nigeria)

President/Founder, Self-Discovery and Empowerment Foundation Int'l

*Nabaggala Resty (*Uganda)

Advocacy and community journalist at ACOYDE

*Abu Ibrahim (*Ghana)

Centre for Communities Education and Youth Development

*Yahya Sadio Diallo (*Mauritania)

African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development

*Join us at this Conference. *

*When: **Nov 25, 2021 0**2**:00 PM West Central Africa *

Registration link:


*Afrihealth Optonet Association (AHOA)* is a community-focused civil society organizations network/think-tank [CSOs Network] of more than 1000 members/partners across the World, with interests in the promotion of Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and achievement/realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in the global South. AFRIHEALTH Network and its members are involved in Health [Universal Health Coverage, HIV/AIDS, TB, FP/RH and Malaria - prevention, treatment, impact mitigation, care and support]; Vaccinations/Immunizations; Preventing/Controlling poverty-related Diseases; Energy and Environment; Nutrition and Food Security; Gender/Women Empowerment, Good Governance and Human Rights. Incorporated in Nigeria as a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-partisan registered trustees in 2003, AFRIHEALTH uses Partnerships/Collaborations (PPP); Advocacy and

Mobilizations; Research/Evidence-Generation (reviews, assessment, oversight, conferences, symposiums, seminars); Capacity Development/Training and Organizational Strengthening; Outreaches/Community Interventions; and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) - called PARCOM Strategy to achieve its objectives; and exploring the nexus/interlinkages between Health, Energy and Environment – including renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy conservation, climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems. Its target beneficiaries include the poorest of the poor, rural and poor urban communities, marginalized, disabled/physically disadvantaged persons, vulnerable and disadvantaged populations/groups especially women, widows, elderly, children/infants, orphans, youth/adolescents, vulnerable population/groups and the elderly. Afri-health Optonet Association has a Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC.

*Dr. Uzodinma ADIRIEJE*

CEO & UN Main Rep, *Afrihealth Optonet Association (AHOA) **– **the **CSOs


Email: afrepton@gmail.com; Phone/Whatsapp: +2348034725905

Website: http://www.afrihealthcsos.org; *Blog**:*



HIFA profile: Uzodinma Adirieje is a Health and Development Systems Strengthening and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialist, Writer/Columnist, Health Economist, Health & Environment/Energy/Climate Development Advocate, Fed. Govt Accredited Management Trainer/Facilitator, Evaluator & Certified Management Consultant. He is CEO & UN/ECOSOC Representative of Afrihealth Optonet Association - a 22-years old civil society network/coalition of about 600 member-organizations in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Haiti, Malawi and Uganda with focus on Health, Energy/Environment, Nutrition/Food Security, and Gender/Good Governance/Human Rights using Partnerships, Advocacy, Research, Capacity Dev't, Outreaches, Monitoing & Evaluation (M&E). Among other professional services, he’s also the Chairman, Civil Society Organizations Strategy Group on Sustainable Dev’t Goals (CSOSG-SDGs) in Nigeria; Country Group Lead, Civil Society Consultations on 2020 Voluntary National Review (VNR) of the SDGs, Nigeria; Executive Secretary, Nigeria Universal Health Coverage Actions Network (NUHCAN); National President, Nigerian Association of Evaluators (NAE); Member, National Core Working Group on 2020 Voluntary National Review (CWG-VNR), Nigeria; President, Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria (SOCSEEN). He was roject Director of the UNDEF-funded Project which promoted the SDGs in 81 Niger Delta communities (2017-2018) and Chairman, national World Malaria Day Committee 2019 in Nigeria.