Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Gender based violence a global issue - FCT minister

The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, has identified Gender Based Violence, GBV, as a global challenge that have no socio-cultural boundaries.

Speaking at the flag-off of the Walk to end Sexual and Gender Based Violence, the minister also noted that GBV is a social vices that cut across all races irrespective of status or age and it is on the increase on daily a basis.

She said, "Gender Based Violence has become a global concern and a lot of intervention programmes have been rolled out at international and local levels to address the menace.

“Sexual and GBV is largely rooted in individual attitude that condone violence within the family, the community and the state and it has been the cause of forced displacement and a terrible consequence of the breakdown of family and community structure.”

She lamented that despite the fact that Gender Based Violence undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims yet, it remains shrouded in a culture of silence and victims of such violence can suffer sexual and reproductive health consequences.

The minister revealed that FCT has established a standard and well equipped GBV Response Centre under Gender Department under the Social Development Secretariat to handle all GBV cases in the FCT.

She further revealed that FCT is collaborating with EU/UN Spotlight Initiatives to establish Centres/Shelters to empower victims of GBV inFCT, stressing that Offenders Register has just been commissioned in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Women and Social Development, to register all GBV cases and the offenders.

The minister therefore called on victims of Gender Based Violence to report all such cases promptly to the center for immediate necessary actions, just as she tasked all residents to be the ambassador to create this awareness across the nooks and crannie of FCT.

Earlier, the Director, Gender Department of SDS, Dr Agnes Hart, stressed the said violence against women and children in any form and shape was not negotiable in the FCT.

Hart said FCTA had zero tolerance for sexual abuse, abuse of women, abuse of children in particular and men in general.

The director said the aimed of the awareness campaign which was being commemorated all over the world was to increase awareness among FCT populace on the need to shun violence against women and children.

In her remarks, the Senior Gender Equality and Inclusion Manager of Plan International Nigeria, Obianuju Osade, said the aim of the campaign is to achieve zero tolerance of Gender Based Violence not only in the nation's capital but the country at large.

The Walk with the theme “Not Negotiable: Ending all forms of Violence against women and children in the FCT is a Priority” had the FCT SGBV Response Team and its partners marching through the streets of Abuja.



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