Some women’s rights advocates argue that detrimental traditional customs and abuse against women and girls must be addressed by prioritising issues affecting marginalised women and girls.
They made the call in Abuja during the launch of a Flashlight Action on Girls’ Safety (FLAGS), one of several events commemorating the 16 days of activism in 2021 to Stop Gender-Based Violence.
Executive Director of the Tabitha Cumi Foundation, Adetayo Erinle, said the growing number of GBV cases necessitates collaboration among all stakeholders in order to put an end to the blight and guarantee that those responsible are held accountable.
She said the FLAGS project, sponsored by the UN Trust Fund to eliminate VAWG, will help 750 marginalized adolescent girls between the ages of 10 and 19 in the FCT, Nasarawa, and Niger states.
Women, men, and girls of all ages will work together on the project to raise awareness about Gender-Based Violence (GBV), give resources for those who are already fighting it, and create a safe space for those who are marginalized in the community to thrive, Mrs Erinie said.
Show their support for victims by reporting such incidents.
Mrs Maryam Shuiabu, an Assistant Director at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, urged parents and members of the community to come out and show their support for victims by reporting such incidents.
According to Mrs Funmi Kolanole of the Gender Desk of the FCT Police Command, the 16 days of activity to eliminate GBV were a clarion cry for all stakeholders to join in the battle and ensure that all cases were not withdrawn but pursued to the finish.
Director of the Bwari Area Council Primary Health Centre, Dr Sunday Goji said measures are being made to strengthen the ability of healthcare workers to deal with instances of GBV when they are reported at the health facility, especially in building medical-based evidence.
Reporting by Azizatu Sani; Editing by Saadatu Albashir