The government wing of the Kebbi State Women’s Rights Initiative, in conjunction with the Technical Working Group, deplored the alarming rate of gender-based violence.
The groups said they could not handle the situation on their own and thus involve traditional institutions and other relevant stakeholders.
The Daily Post reported that an awareness campaign was organized in Golombi District, Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area of the state where groups, traditional chiefs, women’s organizations and other relevant stakeholders came together to address the issue.
Remember, on July 27, 2022, Governor of Kebbe State Atiku Bagudo approved the Anti-Gender-Based Violence Act after the State Assembly passed the bill.
The organizations emphasized that “the governor signed two bills, including violence against individuals and the Child Rights Protection Act.”
Speaking, Executive Director of the Women’s Rights Initiative, Ms. Laiatu Augustina Bamaiyi, explained that the groups were present in the area to educate rural people about gender-based violence, especially about rape and other forms of domestic violence.
“Indeed, there was indeed a law recently signed by the state governor on the issue of gender-based violence, which was not only related to rape but other crimes such as forced marriage, emotional trauma, physical assault and many more,” she said.
In his own speech, Kebbi State Coordinator, Network Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labor (NACTAL), Malam Kabiru Musa, described rape as an inhumane act against another person, which he said attracts the perpetrator with life imprisonment, apart from public flogging. on market day.
According to him, the parents, relatives, guardians or anyone who covers the case or tries to protect the offender will also be prosecuted under the law.
People should not hide under the cover of ignorance to commit heinous crimes. The best way to confront danger in our society is to expose the perpetrators.”
However, Musa described gender-based violence as modern slavery, and warned parents and guardians not to give their children to people to work as daughters or domestic servants, as well as to fall prey to human trafficking.
For her part, Ms. Stella Abah, USAID Integrated Health Officer, indicated that the law signed by the state governor applies to both males and females.
Ms. Ayesha Omar Gwandu, who represented the Federation of Muslim Women in Nigeria (FOMWAN) also lamented that some acts of violence, particularly rape, are perpetrated by close relationships.
And she advised the necessity of informing the competent authorities about the measures to rid society of such a danger.
In response, the Head of Golombe District, Alhaji Abubakar Dangaladema Golombi, commended the Women’s Rights Initiative and civil society organizations for selecting Golombe District as the first district to host the Public Enlightenment Programme.
Dangaladema pointed out that all deliberations were not far from Islamic teachings, emphasizing that the problems facing the country are inseparable from the consequences of deviation from the straight path, hence the need for people to repent.
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