ABUJA (Women Affairs Ministry Report) – The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs has revealed that the Nigerian Government, worried by the rising cases of Gender – Based Violence in the country is set to produce and coordinate a national strategy to stem the tide in Nigeria with the collaboration of development partners and civil society organizations.
The Publicity Department of the Ministry stated this in a report issued on Sunday November 23, 2014; adding that the plan is in recognition of the fact that violence against women and girls as a subject of human rights and civil liberties infringement has taken centre stage in global discourse with significant determination to end it.
According to the report, the Nigerian Government will celebrate the 2014 “International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women” with 16 days activities beginning from Tuesday November 25, 2014. “The 16 Days campaign to mark the International Day of Violence Against Women will run from November 25, 2014 to December 10, 2014 which will be the International Human Rights Day to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a desecration of human rights,” the report stated.
“Gender – Based Violence (GBV) is defined by the United Nations as any act of violence that results in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty in private or public life.”
The report further indicated that the ‘International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women’ is observed globally on the 25th of November each year which kicks – off the campaign on the 16 days activism. Adding, the theme for this year is tagged: “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender – Based Violence.”
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