JOINT STATEMENT BY DR FATIMA WAZIRI – AZI, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE NATIONAL AGENCY FOR PROHIBITION OF TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (NAPTIP);
ANTHONY O. OJUKWU Esq., EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (NHRC);
DR. KELVIN .O. IKE, THE ALTERNATE CHAIRPERSON OF THE FCT SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE RESPONSE TEAM (FCT-SGBV-RT), ON THE 2021 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM TO “ORANGE THE WORLD: END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN”
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is one of the world’s most prevalent human rights violations. It undermines its victims’ health, dignity, and security, yet it is shrouded in a culture of silence. The National Agency For Prohibition Of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), and the FCT Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Response Team (FCT-SGBV-RT) are coming together to fight the menace of gender-based violence and demand an end to the subjugation of women and girls in our society.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign against violence against women and girls. It was initiated in 1991 by the First Women’s Global Leadership Institute as a strategy for individuals and groups worldwide to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence against women, improve advocacy on issues relating to gender-based violence, and impress policymakers and state actors on the need to formulate gender compliance policies and implementable programmes. The campaign runs every year from the 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to the 10th December, which is Human Rights Day.
The theme for the Global Campaign this year, “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now!” shows that violence against women and girls is still a problem at local, regional, and national levels, and indeed all around the world. Gender-based violence does not just limit victims’ ability – particularly women and girls – to live a meaningful life, but it also impacts the well being of communities, societies, and nations. If women are not healthy and safe, they cannot care for themselves, support their families, or contribute to their communities.
To commemorate the 16 Days of Activism this year, all the partners will be holding various activities to sensitise the public and move us all from words to action. All the partners have concluded plans to reach out to about 10 Million persons in Nigeria affected by various forms of Gender-Based Violence during the 16 Days of Activism.
The planned outreach will include awareness creation messages on how to report any form of SGBV and how to seek for rescue and assistance; trauma counselling and legal advice for SGBV survivors; reaching out to survivors in various shelters and communities; traditional and social media engagements, amongst others.
The partner organisations have built an alliance based on the following points:
Increased conviction rates of SGBV cases;
Sustainable rehabilitation and reintegration of survivors;
Enhanced awareness creation and sensitisation on issues of SGBV; and Improved visibility for all the partners.
We believe that violence against women will be eliminated when rightsholders are knowledgeable about their rights and access points for redress when such rights are breached; also when duty bearers have the human and institutional capacity to effectively implement preventive and responsive measures to handle GBV cases.
The campaign’s overall goal is to convey that our communities can be safer for women/girls; if SGBV cases are drastically reduced by having rightsholders, duty bearers and citizens acting as ‘activists’ and building alliances against SGBV during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
We, therefore, call for the collaboration of all stakeholders and beneficiaries to ensure the alliance’s overall success and eliminate violence against women and girls, NOW!.