The National Council for Women Societies, NCWS, is to embark on a nationwide campaign to upscale advocacy against rape, sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls especially in rural communities.
The National President of the Council, Hajiya Lami Adamu-Lau stated this at a media conference as part of activities for the 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls with the theme “Unite! Activism to end violence against women and girls.
According to Hajiya Lami, Violence against women was deeply rooted in gender inequality which called for the need to support women inclusion, and push for the elimination of all forms of violence against women/girls. through education, mobilization and empowerment.
“Collectively we can do more to show solidarity to women in distress and survivors of GBV. Nigerian women are concerned about the growing insecurity challenges which increase the number of women and girls in distress and vulnerable to abuse. We challenge oppressive practices and human rights violation. We demand improved respect for the human rights of women and girls; and the advancement of gender equality in Nigeria”.
She further revealed that the council as at April, 2022 had received, mostly from internally Displaced Camps, 137 reported cases of rape and gender-based violence out of which 43 cases were under prosecution.
According to her, at the end of the 16 days of activism Nigerian women would come out with a communiqué that would outline practical actions towards achieving a Nation with zero tolerance for gender-based violence.
Highlight of the event was sensitization of the council’s state Presidents and affiliate associations on the provisions of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition, VAPP ACT, as it relates to the various forms of rape and gender-based violence.
COV/Azizat Sani EDITED BY GRACE NAMIJI