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Group receives 2,151 cases of gender violence in 11 months

By News Express on 29/11/2017

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•WARDC Founding Director, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi
•WARDC Founding Director, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi

Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) says it has responded to about 2,151 cases of gender-based violence in the last 11 months. It therefore, expressed concern over the emerging trend of the widespread gender-based violence in Nigeria, with more deaths being recorded in recent times.

As part of its public awareness programme on “Leave No One Behind: Ending Violence against Women and Girls”, WARDC said the event will have at different times, symbolic football match which will symbolically kick out GBV in four locations – Lagos, Bauchi, Borno and Ogun State.

“We call on the Federal Government to create more institutions that can address the root causes of gender-based violence, the impunity that often goes with the scourge, implement policies and enact laws, for a stronger national response that can support  victims and survivors  of violence,” said Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Founding Director of WARDC.

She added that the 16 Days of Activism against GBV is also a time to remember victims and survivors of GBV and further re-evaluate the effectiveness of interventions currently in place to address the problem.

Domestic violence takes many forms including physical, sexual, emotional, economic and mental. Traditionally, domestic violence is mostly committed against females. Common forms of violence against women in Nigeria are rape, acid attacks, molestation, wife beating, and corporal punishment.

She said GBV is hindering national productivity as it is occurring amongst people in the productive age group who are having to deal with the negative physical and psychological consequences of the vice.

“There should be continuous review of the existing policies and laws on GBV in order to accommodate best practices of GBV strategies in nipping the scourge in the bud,” she said.

Akiyode-Afolabi, however, acknowledged the recent stride by the Ogun State House of Assembly for the passage into law of the Violence Against Person Prohibition Law in the state and called on the Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosu, to take positive steps in ensuring that the bill becomes a Law as soon as possible.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a time to direct world attention to the problem of GBV. This period should be a time where all and sundry should be committed to fighting the scourge and cast light on the radar on the long-term effects of violence on members of society.

The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Source News Express

Posted 29/11/2017 7:09:47 PM





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