A recent study by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social development and the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) Nigeria with support from the Norwegian Government found out that 28% of Nigerian women aged 25-29 have experienced some form of physical violence since age 15.
The study also reports that 15% of women experienced physical violence within 12 months.
In response to this global menace, Zaki’s Gem General Services organized a 2-day International Conference on the theme: Role of Government, CSOs and individuals in Eradicating Gender Based Violence in Nigeria.
In the event, The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar lll, called for collaborative efforts in fighting gender based violence in the society.
The monarch made the call in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday at the International Conference on Gender Based Violence organised by Zaki’s and Gem General Services Limited an NGO.
Sultan who was represented by Wazirin Gwandu, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar said that the rate at which gender based violence related issues are increasing in the society is out of hands.
“I thank the NGO for organising this conference, it is timely and welcome development.
“This is the time when all the stakeholders must wake up and put their hands together to address the challenges”, the Sultan said.
In his remark, the Etsu Nufe and Chairman of Niger State Traditional Council, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar said political leaders must join hand with traditional rulers to fight gender based violence in the society.
Abubakar represented by distrct head of Edokuta and Baraya of Nufe Alhaji Kpoto Shaba noted that the traditional rulers as fathers and custodian of their people have vital role to play in eradicating violence against women in the society.
“One of the resource persons who presented a lecture at the events, Engr Yusuf Yahaya from African Sustainable Development Academy attributed the increase of gender based violence in the society to ignorance, illiteracy, drug abuse and arrogance among others.
Yahaya urged government at all levels to provide institutions and laws to checkmate the incidences in the society.
He said traditional rulers as custodians of knowledge should also constitutes committees at their levels to address the issues.
He said “parents should also ensure proper discipline and guide to their children in order to reduce involvement of youths in child abuse, violence against women cases in the society.”
Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, Ambassador Nafisat Abubakar-Zaki said that said the NGO decided to organised the conference considering the high rate of gender based violence in the society.
“We invited various resource persons from academia and CSOs who are going to deliver lectures at this conference.
“After inauguration lectures, the technical session follows tomorrow where we are going to train key stakeholders.
“Apart from gender based eradication programmes, we are also offering skills acquisition schemes to support vulnerable groups in the society.
“We have so far graduated 16,200 vulnerable individuals comprising males and females from across various states in the country under our skills acquisition programmes”, She said.