The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, his Women Affairs counterpart, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, the Senator representing FCT, Ireti Kingibe, and the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Abubakar Audi, are among the dignitaries expected at the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (GBV) ‘5km Orange Walk/Run.’
The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 25, 2023, starting from the Eagle Square, Abuja.
Benjamins-Laniyi made this known during a meeting with On Air Personalities (OAPs), influencers and media personalities in Abuja, adding that 2, 344 cases of Gender based violence (GBV) have been reported in the territory.
Under the slogan “Orange Cloud #LoudIt,” Benjamins-Laniyi highlighted the FCTA’s commitment to reclassify and provide extensive coverage of Gender-based Violence (GBV), a concern she noted has been underreported in the territory.
The 16-day event, running from November 25 to December 9, 2023, will include interactive sessions with stakeholders across the six Area Councils in the FCT.
With the theme“ Invest To Prevent Violence Against Women and Children,” the event is a global call to action, emphasizing the need to give a voice to the voiceless, including men who may be experiencing physical abuse from their spouses.
Benjamins-Laniyi called for media support, emphasising the crucial role of the media in reporting and advocating for those facing various forms of violence, as well as people living with disabilities (PWDs).
“The campaign is used as an organising strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
“It is time to reclassify and give maximum coverage to Gender-based Violence (GBV) in the FCT. The media has a big role to play in championing the cause of those who are undergoing one form of violence or the other and people living with disabilities (PWDs).
“The media is critical in selling, reselling, connecting and reconnecting the society, and their role cannot be overemphasized. I call on the media to give this event a loud voice.
“It is time to champion the cause of people living with disabilities PWDs, and that is why we are going to give special attention to Women and Girls and Children With Disabilities (WAGCWD),” Benjamins-Laniyi concluded.
Several stakeholders who spoke at the well attended event lamented about GBV against women , children and even men who are battered by their wives, pleading that we must find solution to the hydra-headed menace in our society.