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Minister expresses concern over rise in gender based violence



Minister expresses concern over rise in gender based violence

The Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. George Akume, has expressed his concern about the increase in cases of genderbased violence in the country.

The minister spoke with journalists in Abuja on the sidelines of the event organized for the promotion of peace and sustainable development (CEPAD) to commemorate the 16 days of the activism movement.

Akume, who was represented by Ibellegoto, Special Advisor to the Minister, said that for Nigeria to achieve national peace, the issue of gender-based violence must be addressed.

“My minister is passionate about youth in Nigeria, he has had many youth empowerment programs, including the Almajari, and he has also taken youth off the streets.

“The minister is not happy with gender violence, he wants all women to be happy and for each daughter to achieve something and he is also passionate about young Nigerians.

For her part, she advised women to empower themselves through hard work and independence, emphasizing that overdependence on a man can lead to gender-based violence.

Also speaking at the event, Ms MaryRose Oduche, founder of the Destined Child International Foundation, highlighted viable solutions that would address the problems of gender-based violence while emphasizing that the numbers were staggering.

“Awareness and training must be carried out in every corner, all hands must be on deck, we must unite to fight this fight, programs and talks must be organized because information is key.

“Listening to the students today worried me, the figures are alarming, when you are informed you will not deform yourself,” he said.

Mr. Austin Igwechi, Executive Director, CEPAD, emphasized the need to initiate solution-driven methodologies to address the problems of gender-based violence.

“One of the sustainability plans is to build safe space centers for victims of gender violence, the center will be a response center where victims can find comfort and help during these times.

“16 Days of Activism is a United Nations women’s program to raise awareness on gender issues; This year’s theme is, “Orange the world, end gender-based violence now.

Starting on November 25 and running through December 10, there will be awareness-raising and stakeholder engagement to ensure that the different norms and practices that contribute to GBV issues are addressed.

“One of our recommendations in our project is the establishment of a special court to deal with gender violence issues, we have a faster process, much so that justice is done,” he added.

Source: NAN

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