4 March 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Immediate Past Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, says curtailing sexual and gender-based violence will require collective effort of stakeholders.
Dame Okah-Donli stated this in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Abuja.
She said that both the men, influencers and those not directedly involved should get on board to curb this menance, as having to tackle it as a girl/women related issue, will not yield results.
“When you talk about gender issues, people only look in the direction of gender organisations and we are yet to involve other influencers in various sectors” she added.
She stressed that more awareness should be created to galvanise action to end gender-based violence.
The Former NAPTIP Director General beckoned on the media, stakeholders and religious institutions to be in the forefront on the campaign.
The former Director General of NAPTIP who is floating an NGO said she intend creating pathways so that victims who need help can get medical and legal assistance.
According to her, “there seems to be a culture or a conspiracy of silence.
“This silence is what we are seeking to break by encouraging the victims to speak out. It is only when we speak out and identify the issue that we can find solution to it.” she added
She also expressed worry over the increasing rate of violence against women globally even during the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
She noted that in Nigeria alone, there were many reported cases in year 2020, adding that the figure became alarming because Nigerians do not often report gender-based violence as they occur.