- Nigeria joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25th
- As part of the global campaign, accompanied by 16 days of activism against gender-based violence
- In Nigeria, the Dinidari Africa Foundation leads the campaign to promote and protect women’s rights in the country
FCT, Abuja – As part of efforts to end all forms of violence against women and girls in the world The United Nations under the leadership of UN Secretary General António Guterres launched the UNiTE campaign to end violence against women by 2030, which begins on November 25th every year.
The campaign is a multi-year campaign Initiative for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls (VAWG) around the world, which calls for global measures, to raise awareness and stimulate advocacy and create opportunities to discuss challenges and solutions.
In Nigeria, the Dinidari Africa Foundation leads the campaign to promote and protect women’s rights in the Country.
In recent years, the Foundation has campaigned for government agencies, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to commit to ending this trend.
In cooperation with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the Dinidari Africa Foundation organized a one-day inter-institutional workshop on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Abuja on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
“Through this event we were able to bring SGBV responders from government agencies and non-governmental organizations together under one roof to discuss their challenges and To propose solutions to end this scourge.
“As part of this project, we are currently forming heads in the six regional councils in Abuja on how to react to cases of SGBV in their communities. These leaders, in turn, would train other community members on how to respond if they or a woman suffer abuse or violation of their rights in their environment.
“In addition to providing women and girls in these communities with tools and Asking contacts from people and organizations for support, we also encourage survivors to speak up and expose their perpetrators. In our opinion, this would prevent other perpetrators from inflicting further physical and psychological pain on women and girls in their vicinity.
“We are also working with other civil society organizations on a media conference to train journalists on how to tell SGBV stories in a more professional and sensational way.
“The event planned for November 30, 2021 would bring together media trainers and reporters on print, radio and online platforms across the country.
” Our goal at Dinidari Africa Foundation is a world in which no woman is allowed to suffer any form of abuse because of her gender, race or skin color. “
Increase in incidents of sexual and gender-based violence during the COVID-19 lockdown
< p class = "align-left"> In an earlier speech at the workshop, Kato noted that there has been an increase in SBGV cases across the country since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She blamed the prevailing cultural norms, the lack of awareness of the framework for reporting crimes and the flaws in the judicial framework for the increase in SGBV cases.
She appreciates the support of the CommonWealth Foundation and the NHRC, but calls for better cooperation between key government and non-governmental organizations to end the scourge of violence against women and girls in Nigeria.
FG reviews Nigeria’s national gender policy
In the meantime the federal government is reviewing 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, gave this recently announced.
Ms. Abia added that the African Development Bank has supported the national gender analysis with the assistance of the Ministry’s advisor, Professor Olabisi Aina, and stressed that the review has been ongoing since last in 2006 is a long overview.