The Cross River Government Says Violence Against Women In The State Has Increased Despite The Passing of the Prohibition Of Violence Against Persons Act (VAPP).
Ms. Nancy Nsor, Director, Women’s Development, Ministry of Women’s Affairs said so when speaking with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Calabar on Wednesday.
Nsor said the ministry was deeply concerned about the pervasive violence against women in the state.
“Gender-based violence (GBV), which has been assuming a geometric increase recently, hampers national productivity as it occurs among people of productive age.
” Its persistence is in the midst of COVID -19 pandemic has become more blatant.
“The Police Inspector General reported that 717 rape cases were reported in the first five months of 2021, including other forms of violence and harmful practices by women and girls hen out faced daily.
“Without effective and efficient cooperation with religious and traditional We cannot see survivors in the areas where this is happening and then aim to end violence against women and girls “She said.
Nsor added:” GBV in Nigeria is almost accepted as a fact living in some cultures that consider women the property of their husbands.
“Many women die annually or their reproductive organs are permanently damaged by genital mutilation.
“Some cultures encourage women and girls to deny access to education, land or inheritance,” she said.
Nsor said that women need to search for knowledge to achieve their maximum potential, as gender equality would guarantee a level playing field without any form of discrimination.
She said while the state government would create institutions to address the cause of To address gender-based violence, there should be a stronger national response that can support survivors of violence.
“Those who ignore violence against women and say it is a private matter should know that they are accomplices” , she said.
46 out of 100 women between the ages of 15 and 49 in the South-South experienced physical violence by the age of 15, according to the 2018 Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).