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Empowering Change: Advocacy and Empowerment Program in Abiakpo Ikot Abasi Inyang, Obot Akara local government Area, Akwa Ibom State
Tue, 28 May 2024

In a powerful display of community solidarity, the Africa Faith and Justice Network Nigeria, in collaboration with the Arise Foundation, recently conducted an impactful advocacy visit to the town of Abiakpo Ikot Inyang in Obot Akara Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State. 

The event which was attended by the Divisional police Officer and representatives from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), aimed to shed light on the pressing issues of domestic servitude and child marriage affecting the community. 

Picture of Divisional Police Officer and the representatives from NAPTIP

The visit was spearheaded by the state coordinator of the Africa Faith and Justice Network Nigeria, Rev. Sr. Dr. Stella M. Usen, who delivered a poignant address, shedding light on the detrimental impact of domestic servitude, Child labour and child marriage, urging the community to stand united against these harmful practices Our people are being exploited and used in the most unimaginable ways," she declared passionately, calling for immediate action to address these injustices.

Picture of the State Coordinator of AFJN-NIGERIA shedding light on the detrimental impact of domestic servitude, Child labour and child marriage
Picture of the women wing of Abiaokpo Ikot Inyang, Obot Akara

The NAPTIP officer Mrs. Emem Ukpabio shared her firsthand experiences and insights, providing the audience with a deeper understanding of the scope and complexities of human trafficking, Domestic Servitude and Child Marriage. Her powerful testimony resonated deeply with the community members in attendance.

Picture of the NAPTIP officer Mrs. Emem Ukpabio sharing her firsthand experiences and insights to the community
A photo of the participants during the advocacy visit

In a pivotal moment, the state coordinator urged the local chief to form an action group that would work tirelessly to combat these social ills. To the delight of all present, the chief readily agreed and, an action group was formed within the community, dedicated to vigilantly monitoring and addressing cases of human trafficking, child marriage, and domestic servitude. This proactive step signifies a collective commitment to safeguarding the rights and well-being of the vulnerable members of the community.

Picture of the Village Head of Abiaokpo Ikot Inyang
Picture of an action group being form by the community

The event culminated in a celebration of success, resilience, and solidarity, highlighting the transformative power of education, empowerment, and community engagement. The Africa Faith and Justice Network Nigeria and the Arise Foundation have set a shining example of proactive advocacy and tangible change, inspiring hope and fostering a brighter future for all.
Together, let us continue to champion the cause of social justice, empower the youths, and build a more inclusive and equitable society for generations to come.


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