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GBV: NCWS begins nationwide walk advocacy to publicize effects, protection  

The National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Wednesday, embarked on a nationwide walk advocacy to sensitise Nigerians, especially those in rural areas, on the effects and protection against gender-based violence (GBV).

NCWS National President, Hajiya Lami Adamu-Lau, said that the exercise was part of their campaigns to end GBV, adding that it was also aimed at commemorating this year’s 16-day activism to end the menace.

According to her, women and girls, especially those in rural areas, need to be more enlightened on laws and policies that protect their rights and ensure that perpetrators of GBV are prosecuted.

“This is part of our advocacy walk against violence against women and girls (VAGW) and we are trying to educate people on the ills and dangers of GBV.

“This exercise is done at the national, state and local government levels,’’ she said.

Adamu-Lau said that the advocacy would continue beyond the 16 days of activism, in collaboration with affiliated associations, to sustain the fight and demand for the protection of women and girls against all forms of violence.

“The VAPP law should be domesticated and followed strictly so that perpetrators will be dealt with.

“It has been a continuous cry since 1958 to date and we are not going to stop it. We are just celebrating these days because we are uniting with our own brothers and sisters who have the same aims and objectives,’’ she said.

Adamu-Lau, therefore, called for sustained and strict implementation of Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act to legally protect victims and punish perpetrators of rape and violence.

“ We need the government to not only domesticate these laws, but implement them.

“VAPP law should be domesticated and implemented fully so that the perpetrators will be dealt with and we will have a minimal number of GBV,’’ she said.

The NCWS national president also commended development partners, such as Amnesty International, for their commitment and support toward ending GBV in the country.

Representative of Amnesty International, Micheal Christian, stressed the need for boys and men to be carried along in the advocacy against rape and GBV in order to establish a balanced approach toward eliminating violence in the society.

“It is very important for women and girls to be protected. Amnesty International has done a lot regarding that.

“It is very important to carry boys along, as focusing on girls alone is not right. So the boys have to be carried along in this advocacy to eliminate all forms of violence and harmful practices in our society,” he said.

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