Tuesday, December 7

80% human rights abuse in Anambra gender-based, says NHRC

By: Awesome Ekene

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said that 80 percent of received complaints of human rights abuse in Anambra State were gender-based violence.

NHRC Coordinator in the State, Mrs Nkechi Ogwuanyi, made the disclosed on Wednesday at the news conference to announce 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, in Awka on Wednesday.

The 16 Days activism is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls, that runs every year from Nov.25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to Dec.10, International Human Rights Day.

She regretted that the Commission had continued to record increasing number of gender based violent cases despite deliberate efforts to ensure the menace was reduced.

She listed factors responsible for the ugly trend to include poverty, illiteracy, ignorance of existing laws, basic fundamental human rights, under-reportage, cultural issues and judicial processes.

She said, “80 percent of the cases we receive revolves around gender based violence. Violence perpetrated on grounds of gender discrimination.

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“These cases cut across other thematic areas of human rights issues including those of children, women and widows.

“Since our establishment in the state 9 years ago, we have continued to record high number of cases, instead of reducing, despite our efforts. But we’ve been toiling day and night to ensure the menace is reduced.

“So many factors encourage violation of women as well as women/girls being victims of such acts. Some of them are poverty, illiteracy, ignorance of existing laws and basic fundamental human rights of perpetrators, under-reportage which can be linked to cultural issues, lack of sensitization, judicial process.

“Other factors include lack of facts to facilitate prosecution, lack of interest of victims at the last minute, lack of funds and compliance to basic fundamental rules.”

Ogwuanyi further revealed that the 16 Days activism which would be carried out in collaboration with civil society organisations would feature road show, advocacy visits to traditional and religious leaders.

“From tomorrow, we will start taking the campaign on violence against women and girls and the need to respect human rights to the communities and to schools.

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“We urge the media to help publicise these problems so that the government and other stakeholders can do the needful curb the trend against violence against women and girls,” she added.

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