Written by Chuks NZEH

Women, workers suffer more violence - NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has identified that women and workers are more likely to be victims of violence.

National president of the labour union, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, disclosed this at a national symposium on Effective Implementation of Laws and Policies to End Sexual and Gender Based Violence, in Abuja.

Ayuba said at the event put together by Prof. Joy Ezeilo of Women Aid Collective, WACOL, through the head of women and youth wing of the union, Comrade Rita Goyit, said workers experience workplace violence but women suffer violence at a much higher rate.

"Gender based violence is no doubt a workplace issue therefore the proposed International Labour Organization, ILO, Convention on gender based violence is a welcome development which we strongly support for the realization of women's rights and increase women participation Productivity at work," the NLC president said.

Also speaking at the event, representative of the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, a deputy director in the ministry, Mrs. Gladys Odegbaro, noted that, "The enactment of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, VAPPA, 2015, is therefore a monumental victory for Nigerian society generally and for women and rights advocates in this sector, particularly.

“The Act is revolutionary in terms of its wide ranging provisions and the prescription of enforceable sanctions against all persons; majority of whose victims are vulnerable women and children."

Malami assured that "This task the Federal Ministry of Justice would remain willing to partner as the subject is a matter of intense interest in the ministry."

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