NIGERIA: Women Seek UN Protection Over Gender-Based Violence.

Worried by the prevalence of violence against them, women and girls in Akwa Ibom State are seeking the protection of their rights by the United Nations.

Rising from a meeting in Uyo, the Network for Women Peer Educators of Nigeria (NEWPEN), said that it was time inhuman treatments against the women were stopped.

They stated that women remained seriously endangered in the Nigerian society and urged governments at all levels to intervene.

According to the president of the group, Mrs Eno Michael, various factors including absence of safe environment conspired to expose women and girls to danger.

The women, therefore, urged government at all levels to provide essential facilities including water, street lights, healthcare, jobs, police patrols and fixing of rural roads to avoid rural crimes.

Besides, they urged various governments to provide effective communication facilities, punishment for inhuman treatments against women and girls, which, they noted were the major causes of abuses against the women.

Government, they noted, should impress it on the community leaders not to shield perpetrators of violence against women.

The chief executive officer (CEO), African Human Development Centre (AHDC), Prof. Gabriel Umoh, listed various crimes against women, saying such gender-based abuses violate several human right laws and international conventions on the rights of women.

He called for collaborative efforts by governments, stakeholders and agencies to address the scourge, adding that several abuses suffered by women were linked to unsafe environments and absence of effective security.

Dr Nsekpong Udoh of the Community Partners for Developments (CPD) and a member of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), noted the negative impact of violence against women.

She lamented that most of the violent crimes against women especially sexual abuse were often shrouded in secrecy, making the victim suffer emotional pains in silence.

Source: allAfrica


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