Gender Violence: Aisha calls on security agencies to expedite action

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari has called on all stakeholders especially Federal Ministry of Women Affairs as well as legal and security agencies to expedite action so that justice takes it course accordingly on gruesome death of Nigerian daughters who were mercilessly raped by men.

She disclosed this on her official social platform on Wednesday, She said she will continue to work with the governors’ wives to ensure that relevant structures and policy frameworks are put in place to end Gender Based Violence in Nigeria.

According to her, “It is devastating to hear about the gruesome death of our daughters who were mercilessly raped by men, who in some cases are their fathers, brothers and protectors of their chastity.

“Women are increasingly becoming vulnerable in a society that is expected to guaranty their safety and we owe it a duty to do everything possible to protect them”, she said.

She noted that last year, she started working with governors wives of the 36 states to end Gender-based violence (GBV) in Nigeria. “I launched a campaign with the governors’ wives and other stakeholders and issued a statement nation-wide in response to increasing and frequent reports of GBV with the slogan – LEAVE OUR DAUGHTERS ALONE!

“This was followed by a planned advocacy for the constitution of a presidential task force on ending GBV in Nigeria; prospective members were identified. The objective is to review the policy and legal framework on GBV with a view to proposing strengthening measures and an improvement plan”, she said.

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