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Acquisition Of More Forensic Machines Will Help Curb GBV – Tallen

The Federal Government has called on development partners to support the acquisition of more forensic machines to expand the scope of test and evidence gathering as a means to address rape and other forms of gender-based violence.

The minister of women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen made the call in Abuja at a media briefing to flag off activities to commemorate the international day for the elimination of violence against women and girls and 16 days of Activism.

She explained that the establishment of more forensic laboratories across the country would guarantee access to reliable information and evidences to prosecute reported cases of rape, sexual and gender-based violence.
 
“I want to appeal to our development partners to support the acquisition of more forensic machines to make it easy to carry out test of rape cases in the country as the existing ones are only accessible in Adamawa and Lagos states. We are talking with the Minister of state budget, to ensure that we have it in the budget so that we can have at least one forensic lab in each of the geo-political zones and from there we will move down to states”.

The UN-Women Country Representative to Nigeria and Ecowas, Ms. Beatrice Eyong said gender-based violence was not only a violation of human rights but a critical threat to the economic development and GDP growth of the country.

“Gender based violence has the capacity of reducing the gross domestic product which means there is a detrimental relationship between gender-based violence and economic growth. If we don’t put all our energies to fight this pandemic, we will never achieve our common goals of 2030” she explained.

She further noted that the theme for this years campaign, “ Unite ! Activism to end violence women and girls called for coordinated actions from government, CSOs and the United Nations to share knowledge and innovations to end gender-based violence.

On her, part, the European Union  Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Samuela Isopi spoke on the raising cases of gender based violence on the cyber space and the need to establish actions to prevent and address it.

The event featured, commitments by representatives of the diplomatic community to address Gender Based Violence, GBV in the country and a candle light proccession in honour of women, girls, boys and men that lost their lives as a result of violence.

Azizatu Sani  EDITED BY GRACE NAMIJI

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