- A one-day workshop organized by Dinidari Africa has raised awareness of the SGBV threat in Nigeria
- The workshop is part of the activities under the project for sexual and gender-based violence: cooperation, advocacy, awareness and protection
- The project aims to encourage cooperation and collaboration between different government arms with a gender and human rights focus for a more robust SGBV response in Nigeria
FCT, Abuja – Nigeria’s frontline charitable organization for women’s rights and political participation, Dinidari Africa Foundation, has partnered with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to end the threat of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the country.
Presentation at a one-day workshop to cross-agency zu Cooperation on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Abuja, Executive Dir The Director of Dinidari Africa, Ndi Kato noted that there has been an increase in SBGV cases across the country since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kato made the rise in responsible SGBV cases to prevailing cultural norms, a lack of awareness of the framework for reporting crime and deficiencies in the framework of the judiciary.
“Despite the high incidence of SGBV in Nigeria and the associated effects on the victims, SGBV victims in Nigeria show little reporting and seeking help. Only 32% of women who have been victims of violence sought help, mainly from the victims’ own families.
“This is due to the prevailing cultural norms that prevent SGBV reporting, and low awareness of crime reporting frameworks and deficiencies in the judicial framework. In addition, informal ways of seeking help (ie through family and community leaders) dampen the prospects for the SGBV response in Nigeria. “
She appreciates the support of the CommonWealth Foundation and the NHRC, calls for better cooperation between key government and non-governmental organizations to tackle the scourge of violence against women and girls in. to end Nigeria.
In his opening address, the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu ESQ, highlighted the Commission’s efforts to get a response from the SGVB.
Ojukwu, represented by the Director of the Commission’s Women’s and Children’s Section, Harry Obey, noted that the NHRC had launched the Unsub platform, which among other things gave victims toll-free lines with the next Rescue forces connects.
CSOs concerned about increasing cases of violence against women
At the beginning of the year, a coalition of civil society organizations, CSOs under the aegis of # StateofEmergencyGBV movement, alert about increasing cases of violence against women in Nigeria.
The CSOs said the cases were despite the state of emergency declared by Nigerian governors in 2020 gender-based violence.
The groups expressed their concerns at a press conference in the federal capital Abuja.
FG to review Nigeria’s national gender policy
In the meantime the federal government is submitting the review of Nigeria’s national gender policy.
The head of the department for gender-based violence and data management in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ms. Udeme Abia, recently announced this. < / p>