Breaking

Nigeria: UN move against rape, sexual violence


As part of activities to mark the sixteen days’ activism against gender-based violence, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and the United Nations Women (UN Women) yesterday embarked on a walk to broaden the campaign against rape and related offences.

   

    The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, said the march became necessary to increase the level of awareness among Nigerians and also to call on the relevant enforcement agencies to support the campaign.

“We still want to call the attention of all Nigerians to the problem of rape in our country. It is a walk to tell Nigerians that we need a safe and a healthy country, a country where women and girls are not abused and that is why we all came out wearing the orange shirts which signify a safe and bright country,” she said.

On the need for stiffer penalties against perpetrators of rape and sexual violence, the minister said it was in the spirit of ensuring that the law is enforced that made the team visited the Supreme Court and presented a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and land another to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in view of the vital role they place in tackling the problem.

   

    According to her, “the police are very important in this campaign because they are usually the first point of call whenever rape happens. So, they play a key role here if this fight is to succeed because whatever is not well documented cannot yield results even if it is taken to the courts. So the police are very important in this matter.”

In her remarks, the Country Director of UN Women, Comfort Lampey, stated that females are not sex slaves or punching bags.

She therefore called on Nigerians to keep campaigning against rape “because it has become an epidemic.”

Represented by Mrs. Patience Ekeoba, she said: “At a time, HIV was an epidemic in this country and we joined hands. Today, the incidence has reduced.” Theguardianng

Disclaimer
Most News articles reported on SSTNEWS are a reflection of what is published in the media. SSTNEWS is not in a position to verify the accuracy of daily news articles, however, we ensure that only news articles from credible sources are reflected in this service. Independent opinions which are mailed to us may also be published from time to time at our discretion, however the sources for these independent articles will be clearly stated.

Share your story with us: SMS: +2349067561649, Whatsapp: +2349067561649, Email: shockingstatementafrica@gmail.com or qubesentertainmentmagazine@yahoo.com
Receive Alerts on: Whatsapp: +2349067561649, Twitter: @sstnewsng