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16 Days Activism: FG, stakeholders take campaign agains gender-based violence to traders

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•FG, NGOs embarks on market sensitization of traders

Maureen Okpe

The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and some Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on Saturday embarked on a walk to sensitise traders on the need to end rape and all forms of violence against women and children.

The walk was carried out simultaneously in various part of the FCT as part of the activities to mark the 16 days activism against gender based violence in markets at Garki, Wuse, Nyanya, Karu, Utako, Jabi and others.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen said the walk was part of the 16 days activism against Gender Based Violence.

Tallen, represented by the Chief Information Officer, Hajiya Amina Dimlong, said they were out to educate the public about the Sexual Offender Register, which would aide in addressing all forms of sexual abuses on vulnerable persons in the country.

“We are using our various local dialects to inform them about the sexual offender register and some of the preventive measures and where they can find assistance when faced with any form of sexual abuse.

“This awareness is very important as we are standing up against rape.

“A lot of women are being molested in schools, places of work, we come out in mass today to tell people that rape is wrong.

Campaign agains rape, violence against women and children

She went further to explain that “parents should educate their boy child for them to understand that the girls are their sisters, mothers, friends and not harm them,” she said.

On her part, the National President, National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) Dr Laraba Shoda, represented by the Reseach Cordinator, FCT Chapter,Ms Patricia Orukari, stressed the need for the public to stop all forms of stigmatisation against victims of sexual violence and abuse.

“The walk is to sensitise people on the need to end rape and violence against women and children. We want victims to speak out and we want people to stop stigmatising the victims, but rather offer them supports.’’

Ms Esther Jonathan, member, Association of Women in Trade and Agricultural (AWITA) said the walk was to inform the public, about the necessary steps to ensure they gets justice for any form of sexual abuse and molestation.

Also, MaryJane Igoche a stylist at the Karu market expressed joy seeing the women and learning about the Sex Offenders Register as it was her first time of getting to know about it.

“It is a welcome development I am just getting to hear this with the recent increase in rape ,we thought the government is doing nothing concerning the issues but on hearing this I am glad that the offenders will not go scout free.”

The walk was carried out by various religious groups and other NGOs who hande pamphlets to commuters containing messages to end violence and stigmatisation against women and children.

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