Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has partnered other stakeholders to amplify voices against Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) as well as sought justice for survivors.
Speaking during an awareness walk and sensitisation to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV), on Thursday in Abuja, NAWOJ National President, Aisha Ibrahim-Bura, decried the increasing cases of reported GBV nationwide.
The president, who was represented by NAWOJ National Secretary, Wasila Ibrahim-Ladan, urged all stakeholders, especially the government at all levels, to invest time, resources, and political will towards ending the menace.
She said the walk was to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts, and investment towards ending GBV.
“We are collaborating with sister agencies and other associations to speak on behalf of women and children. We want our voices heard globally. We want to eradicate GBV by calling on the government at all levels, security agencies, and other agencies to come together and ensure we rid our society of this menace.
“We call on President Bola Tinubu to come to our aid, rescue survivors, and ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.’’
Also speaking, the NAWOJ National Vice President, Zone D, Chizoba Ogbeche, said the campaign was a call to all to join hands to speak out and fight against GBV.
She noted that journalists had a unique role to play in changing the negative narrative about gender issues; pressuring government to adopt and implement gender-related policies, as well as enhancing judicial actions to fast track trial of GBV offenders.
The vice president tasked state governments, especially in the North Central states, to be more proactive in the fight against GBV; just as she urged the First Ladies to use their good offices to champion the campaign.
According to her, no meaningful development could be achieved if gender issues were not prioritised; hence, more action was needed to ensure women in all their diversity live free of violence and coercion.
On her part, the NAWOJ Chairperson, FCT Chapter, Annah Daniel, said the 2023 theme was a clarion call to the government and other stakeholders to unite and contribute towards ending GBV.
“This year’s theme is about our collective efforts. We need to invest much of our strengths and capabilities to advocate and prevent VAWG,” she stated.
Speaking on behalf of partners, Legal/ Programme Office at Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL), Ijeoma Nnamuchi, reiterated their commitment towards supporting the association in advancing the cause of women and children.
“We are all partners in the field and lending our voices to end VAWG in Nigeria,’’ she said.