The Center for Human Rights and Civil Education (CHRICED) has called for decisive action to end gender-based violence (GBV) in Nigeria.
According to CHRICED, now is the time for Nigeria to activate the whole government, whole of society approach to stop the pandemic of violence against women and girls.
This was made known by the organization’s Senior Program Officer, Mr. Omoniyi Adewoye while speaking after a demonstration walk around the Kano metropolis to mark 16 days of activism against gender violence.
He emphasized that while civil society organizations like CHRICED are working hard to raise awareness about how women can avoid becoming victims of aggressors who unleash violence against them, the Nigerian state must wake up to its responsibility of protecting the lives of vulnerable and marginalized groups, particularly women.
“The recent killing of a state women leader of the labor party in Kaduna State exemplifies this wave of violence against women in the political space,” he stated.
Adewoye also noted that the organization through various initiatives will continue to get justice for women whose rights have been violated by aggressors.
He condemns killings and political violence in the build-up to the 2023 general elections and calls on the government and governance actors to give meaning and life to the words enshrined in the nation’s constitution as well as provisions of laws and policies against this violence.
Maimuna Yusuf, a representative from the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Kano Chapter, advised that human beings, in general, have a vital role to play against GBV because “united we stand, divided we fall.”