The leaders spoke yesterday at a two-day summit of traditional and religious leaders of the north on ending gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful practices organized by the Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development in Abuja.
Osinbajo urged state governments to step up efforts to address the issue of gender-based violence in their territories.
Represented by Minister for Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, the vice-president said the federal government committed to supporting targeted action to combat the threat.
However, he said that unless everyone involved takes practical steps to protect vulnerable populations, especially women, the nation would be worst in the future.
“For the rights of the child” Take action, it hurts me and mine Heart is heavy that 10 states in the north have not yet domesticated it. The same applies to the law on the prohibition of violence against persons (VAPP). Only three states in the Northeast and Northwest have domesticated the Child Rights Act.
“I take this opportunity to praise Governor Nasir el-Rufai of the State of Kaduna, because apart from the domestication of the laws, the VAPP law has been changed on dealing with offenders. It is high time we acted. We cannot go on without taking action, “said the Vice-President.
In his remarks at the event, the Sultan emphasized the need for the government to go beyond the passing of laws and raise awareness of gender-based violence .
He said that no government could claim to address the threat if law enforcement agencies were weak.
Ayokunle said, “Abuse of girls and vulnerable people should stop persist in our own time. All forms of gender-based violence are terrifying in the 21st century. We should all stand up together to exterminate them. Our society will become better if we act together in this direction. ”
He urged royal fathers and religious leaders to reinforce their roles as guardians of customs, traditions and beliefs to ensure that women are safe.
For her part, Ms. Mohammed complained that one in three women worldwide will suffer from sexually transmitted diseases in their lifetime. She said coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had exacerbated the challenge of reversing the many gains in working the problem.
Still, traditional leaders played a pivotal role in addressing structural inequalities and communities changing from the inside for the better, she added.