Over the years, all forms of violence against women and girls have been at play, but now it has reached damaging heights, as worldwide records show, that one in every three women worldwide, experience gender based violence.
This assertion, was made by the Chairperson, Edo State Chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Iryn Omorogiuwa over the weekend.
Omorogiuwa, explained that gender based violence has become a global pandemic and a moral affront to all women and girls.
“Sexual violence,trafficking of the female gender,female genital mutilation, inhuman treatment of widows,harmful tradition practices,forced child marriages are all forms of gender based violence”, she remarked.
The Chairperson, decried the fact that most acts of violence against women and girls are largely unreported due to the impunity of the perpetrators,silence and fear of victims, due to the stigma and shame from the society.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has joined the rest of the world to mark the United Nations 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25th Nov. to 10th Dec. 2018).
The theme for this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls is, “Orange the World:#HearMeToo”.
In the same vein, the Edo State FIDA Chairperson, stated that the theme of this year’s Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls campaign is aimed at calling upon victims to speak out and be heard.
She asked all persons to listen to and believe victims and survivors, and to end the culture of silencing survivors, by putting the survivors at the centre of the response.
“The focus must change from questioning the credibility of the victim, to pursuing the accountability of the perpetrator”, she emphasized.
Omorogiuwa, called on the Commissioner of Police Edo State, to establish specialised victim support desks in all police stations within the state, to help attend to survivors of such gender based violence.
Also, she called on the Edo State lawmakers to expedite actions to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act into law, which would serve as a veritable tool to protect women and girls against violence.