By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has listed measures being taken by governments at all levels in the country to curb sexual.amd gender-based violence as the world marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The United Nations’ “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence” will begin tomorrow and end on December 10, 2020.
In his goodwill message to commemorate the occasion, President Buhari also noted that sexual and gender-based violence increased in the country due to the lockdown measures introduced to check the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of the measures to curb the menace being taken by his government , he said included: Establishment of a National Tool for Gender-based Violence Data Management, setting up Committee on eradication of sexual, gender-based violence and Development of Gender-Based Policy Guidelines in Emergency Response.
Others are Improving the economic status of women and protection of Fundamental Human Rights and Freedom.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, quoted Buhari to have said:
“The bject of Sexual and Gender Based violence in all its forms has been recurrent especially considering the alarming statistics of violence against vulnerable persons recorded in Nigeria, particularly women and girls. I am indeed aware of the unfortunate situation from records and reports of incidences in the country.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and attendant responses by our government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly lock-down measures similarly adopted by other countries worldwide, further exacerbated the already dire situation of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria. Nigeria has long been facing a gender-based violence crisis, with 30% of women and girls aged 15-49 having experienced sexual abuse.
“The International Day of Eliminating Violence against Women therefore, presents a unique opportunity to highlight actions taken by the government to address violence against women and girls.