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CALL TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN NIGERIA

Presentation1 On the occasion of the celebration of the 2013 International Women’s Day (IWD) The Centre for 21st Century Issue s(C21st), West African Network For Peace building Nigeria (WANEP) and Lagos state Gender Advocacy Team (LASGAT) celebrate with all Nigerian women and indeed all women all over the world.
With the theme “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women” we collectively use this as a clarion call to all stakeholders to recommit and redouble efforts to stop violence being experienced by women and girls both in the private, public and in conflict situations.
It is of grave concern that around the world over 70% of women experience violence in their life time. The case of Nigerian women and girls is worse off. The Nigerian woman and girl child experience all forms of violence on a daily bases which has resulted into the following realities;
• One in five women has experienced some form of physical violence. 28% of women have experienced physical violence by age 15.
• One in three Nigerian women and girls aged 15-24 have been the victims of Violence.
• Up to a third of women in Nigeria have been subjected to some form of violence, including battering and verbal abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, marital rape, sexual exploitation, or harassment within the home.
• Most of the physical, sexual and psychological violence experienced by women in Nigeria is reported to be at the hands of family members, especially husbands, partners and fathers. At least 45% of violence against women are perpetrated by their current husbands or parents.
• Over 45% of women who ever experience physical or sexual violence did not seek help from any source or tell anyone about it.
• Women and girls suffer double jeopardy in conflict situations.
• Violence against women and girls is a key driver of HIV Epidemic and other sexually transmitted diseases due to forced sex and inability to negotiate safe sex.
These realities are continually nurtured by the existence of some social cultural norms which condones and encourages violence, insufficient legal mechanisms to prosecute and punish offenders and unwillingness of victims to report cases of violation or seek for help.
Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is a serious infraction against the rights of women and girls. It is a wicked act which breeds conflict and destroy peace in the home and in the society. Violence impedes the ability of women and girls to reach their potentials in life and ultimately limit their life chances and optimal development

C21st, WANEP and LASGAT on the occasion of the IWD 2013 herby calls on
Nigerian Government to;
• Declare zero tolerance to VAWG in order to prevent and end all forms of VAWG anywhere including conflict situations.
• Ensure that all the states in Nigeria enact and effectively enforce the Domestic Violence protection and Prohibition Law
• Allocate Adequate funds to end VAWG in public and private spheres
• Work with Civil society organizations and all relevant stakeholders to provide services and support to all women and girls survivor of violence.
• Train all law enforcement agents to handle cases of violence against women and girls in such a way to ensure the protection of their rights
• Raise awareness on VAWG and inspire action to change violent behaviors in our community.
• Ensure that women are involved the response to conflict and peace processes at all levels.
We call on men to shun all acts of violence against women and girls and work with women and all stakeholders to end violence against their mothers, wives, sisters daughters and nieces.
We empathize with all women and girls victims of violence, we salute their resilience and courage in the face of violence. We also remember and celebrate all those who stand on the side of women and girls to advocate and continue to agitate against all forms of violence in our society. We encourage Nigerian women and girls to end the culture of silence and speak out against violence.
The fight to end VAWG is our collective responsibility. Together we can put a stop to VAWG.
Happy international women’s Day
Ms Titilope Akosa – Centre for 21st Century Issues
Bridget Osakwe – West African Network for Peace building (WANEP), Nigeria
Dr Keziah Awosika – Lagos state Gender Advocacy Team (LASGAT)

About c21stnigeria

PROFILE OF CENTRE FOR 21st CENTURY ISSUE (C21ST), NIGERIA C21st is a Non- governmental, not for profit development organization. C21st is register under part c of the companies and Allied matters Act in Nigeria since 2001. C21st was birth to engage and respond to key issues shaping development discourses in the 21st century. CONTEXT At the dawn of the 21st century the world was faced with multiple and interrelated developmental challenges such as poverty, health, environmental sustainability, climate change, gender inequality, food insecurity, economic injustice and other crucial issues. These issues which are a carryover from the last century continues to gain prominence in local and global discourses and was recognized by world leaders in the millennium Declaration and the adoption of the millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as a way of ensuring that efforts are geared towards addressing the issues. While the MDGs are good starting points at confronting the issues, it however failed to recognize the uneven level of development between southern and northern countries of the world and the unequal power relations which tend to aggravate underdevelopment in the countries of the south.C21st is therefore poised to work from local to global to develop and implement cutting edge solutions that not only interrogate the underlying social constructs that reproduced the challenges but also ensure a unified bottom up and top bottom approaches that links local actions/solutions to international actions and solutions MISSION STATEMENT To respond to developmental challenges by catalyzing cutting edge solutions that links policy and actions for a harmonious and transformed society. OUR VISION An enabling environment where all persons have equal access to relevant resources and opportunities to develop. MOTTO …Responding to the challenges of the 21st Century. OUR OBJECTIVES • To build human and institutional capacity for sustainable development and poverty reduction • Promote volunteerism in youth, educate and engage them to be active and informed participants in political economic and development process • To promote environmental justice, climate justice, economic justice, health and social well being. • Promote and encourage peace activism, peace building and amicable conflict resolution strategies and to foster their practical application. • Deepen democratic culture and promote good governance, rule of law, human rights, women’s right, equity and social justice THEMATIC FOCUS C21st activities are organized around the following thematic focus • Climate change and Environment • Gender equality and Women’s Right • Media for Development • Youth development • Health and Education • Democracy and governance C21st have been organizing various activities around these thematic focuses within and outside Nigeria. These activities have impacted on the lives of many women and men in Nigeria and outside Nigeria. CONTACT ADDRESS: Operational Office Address: 6, Balogun Street, Ikeja, Lagos. E-MAIL century21stcentre@yahoo.com, titiakosa@gmail.com, c21stmedia@developmentmonitor.com PHONE: 08023047678

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2 thoughts on “CALL TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN NIGERIA

  1. Is it appropriate to report a case of a sister, who had been married to a brother for more than eleven(11) years without a child? She because of love used a lot of money from her parents to help build their house, establish a school and a car: they’ve been using. Unknown to her, this brother has a relationship, with children outside matrimony. Now he wants to push her out. With this, the sister is ready to be separated from him. She’ll be happy if your organisation can recover all she had spent on those property.

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    Posted by Dr. Babatunde Jagun | May 2, 2014, 4:40 pm

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