FG, UN to end Violence against Women
The Federal Government and other United Nation partners yesterday committed to end violence against women and girls by 2030.
The partnership has also commenced plans to set up Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) across the country to cater for the needs of victims of violence.
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The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Jummai Alhassan made this known during a press briefing to commemorate 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls in Abuja.
The minister noted that government was involved in campaign to ensure reduction in incidence of violence against women.
This year’s theme was ‘Together we can end gender based violence” and the sub theme was ‘Leave No One Behind’.
She said “Though both men and women are victims of violence in an increasingly violent world, the forms of violence experienced by women and girls include acts that entail specific assault on their sexuality.”
“In addition to physical assault, violence against women and girls take emotional and psychological forms often resulting in perpetual stereotypes and women’s subordination to men.”
She explained that violence against women impacts on and impedes progress in many areas including poverty eradication, combating HIV and AIDS, peace as well as security.
The UN Secretary General, Mr. Autonio Guterres who was represented by the UN Resident coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon said education and empowerment of women was key to ending violence against women.
UN Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Comfort Lamptey said the event will draw global attention to issues of violence against women and girls by lighting iconic buildings and monuments.
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