Kano records 1,300 sexual, gender violence cases in 10 months – NHRC

Kano records 1,300 sexual, gender violence cases in 10 months – NHRC

By Bosede Olufunmi, Kano.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Kano State says it has received 1,300 complaints of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) from January to October, 2022.

 

NHRC’s Coordinator in Kano State, Shehu Abdullahi, disclosed this at a town hall meeting on Thursday in Kano.

 

The forum, which has “United! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls” as its theme, was organised by Fridabs Solacebase Communication, in collaboration with Wole Soyinka Centre For Investigative Journalism and MacArthur Foundation, to commemorate 16th Day Activism.

 

Abdullahi noted that most of the GBV victims were children with ages ranging between zero and nine years, adding that most of the violence resulted in deaths or mental health problems.

 

“All relevant stakeholders need to come together and take proper care of this prevalent issue,” he said.

 

Speaking on the 16-Day Activism, Abdulateef Abubakar said that it was an annual event set aside by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness on global efforts to end violence against women and girls.

 

“It is being commemorated from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, to eliminate violence against women and girls.

 

“Efforts have been put in place to check violence against girls and women.

 

“When we look at the cultural aspects amongst us, there is silence on cases of GBV; some of the violators walk freely in the society as if they did nothing wrong.

 

“Most of the victims refused to report to the relevant authorities about abuse, rape or domestic violence; they rather keep quiet and die in silence,” he said.

 

Also, Abba Bello-Ahmed, Administration Manager, Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Kano, urged the people to speak up, rather than suffer in silence, as this would aggravate the situation.

 

He advocated a legal framework to empower security agencies and human rights groups to enhance their operations towards tackling GBV in the state.

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