NHRC plans 16-day activism to curb gender-based violence in Plateau

NHRC plans 16-day activism to curb gender-based violence in Plateau

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says it will organise a 16-day activism in Plateau to fashion out ways of curbing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the state and the nation.

 

Mrs Veronica Abe, Deputy Director, Public Affairs of NHRC, said this in a statement on Thursday in Jos, adding that the activities would commence on Nov. 25 and end on Dec. 10.

 

Abe, who decried the spate of violence against women, said that the event which was aimed at addressing the problem and promoting the human rights culture among the people.

 

She said that the event would hold simultaneously across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

 

Abe said that the commission would use the event to create public awareness on the protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls at all levels, while galvanising advocacy efforts and sharing knowledge on violence against women and girls.

 

“Globally, there has been an increased report of violence against women and girls. This was exacerbated by the recent lockdown, introduced across countries to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“Nigeria was not less affected, as the commission was inundated with reports of various forms of gender-based violence such as rape, domestic violence and other forms of harmful practices.

 

“In view of these developments, we are undertaking a 16-day activism, which would hold from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, to raise constructive public awareness on the protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls in the society.

 

“We will also raise awareness, sensitise religious and traditional leaders as well as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), on the rights of women and girls and seek to bring about accountability and end impunity,’’ she  said

 

The deputy director said that some of activities lined up for the event included road shows and visits to the State House of Assembly, Commissioner for Justice, schools, religious and traditional rulers and health facilities.

 

She said that the other activities included meetings with youths and women groups, CSOs, the Commissioner of Police and a media parley.

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