Stakeholders working around issues of women and girls have called for stringent measures to be put in place against perpetrators of sexual gender based violences.
The stakeholders who decried the incessant violences against the women and girls made the call in their different messages to commemorate 16-days activisms for the elimination of violence against women with the theme “Orange the World: Fund, Response, Prevent, Collect”. The Executive Director, Mothers and Marginalized Advocacy Centre, MAMA Centre, Chioma Kanu said putting in place the stringent measures and holistic policy actions will address recurring violence and abuse against women in both public and private spheres.
Chioma represented by the Centre’s Coordinator, Northeast and Northwest, Maryam Ahmad expressed worry that women and girls accounts for 70% victims of global human trafficking with majority subjected to sexual slavery, abuses and dehumanization. Speaking while celebrating the day with students of new Government Girls Science and Technical College, GGSTC, Kano, Chioma disclosed plans by the center to create a hub and safe space for the students in the school to channel their complains to seek for redress.
“While we condemn rape in all forms, we hold firmly to our position that poor policy response in institutionalizing proactive measures and enabling reporting system as well as inadequate Judicial in interpretation of processes and laws to adequately sanction offenders continue to pave way for recurring incidence at all levels. “This sensitization exercise aims at educating and enlightening girls at Secondary school levels against incessant violation, harassment and abuse, while opening them up to various preventive measures and the existing platform to seek redress and demand justice,” Chioma stated. On their part, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Kano and Katsina States chapter called on relevant stakeholders to rise against rape, domestic violence, girl hawking, exploitation of house maids, female genital mutilation, child trafficking and slavery.
In a statement signed by the Secretary, Kano NAWOJ, Wasilah Ibrahim Ladan stressed the need for traditional and religious leaders to intensify protective measures to curb the reoccurrence of rape and violence against women in our society and the nation in general. Wasilah Ladan therefore urged parents, guardians and the victims to speak up and report such cases to security agencies for proper action saying “it’s time to say no to violence against women in the state and across the country.
“NAWOJ is ready to partner with concerned authorities and other stakeholders in order to emulate developing countries in fighting and prosecuting the perpetrators,” Wasilah stated. Her counterpart, the Chairperson, Katsina NAWOJ, Hannah Muhammad emphasized on the need for stakeholders to unite in the fight against all forms of violence against women in the country, saying “Government and other relevant stakeholders should strengthen laws that will protect women against domestic violence, rape, female genital mutilation, human trafficking and forced marriage.”