Closing of the SGBV Campaign
The month-long Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) campaign came to a close on 15 December. The ceremony marking the end of the campaign took place in N'Djamena in the presence of top Chadian authorities and high UN officials, including Heads of UN agencies and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Victor Angelo. The ceremony also served as an occasion to launch another campaign on the reduction of maternal mortality in Chad under the sponsorship of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
With regard to the latter, pledges were made to remove obstacles that hamper the full development of women. In a statement read by the Prime Minister, the President of the Republic urged the Government to speed up the elaboration and adoption of a political framework on gender and a national strategy on the fight against gender-based violence. In that vein, the Head of State asked the Government to do more in implementing the national policy on the education of girls, on basic education, and on family reproduction. For their part, parliamentarians who were represented by the President of the National Assembly, pledged to facilitate the adoption of a national policy on the reduction of maternal mortality.
The Special Representative and Head of MINURCAT underscored the fact that the Mission is "poised for a multifaceted contribution to the efforts of the Chadian Government in the concerted and global fight against Gender-Based Violence, and particularly girls to make peace a reality in Chad."