By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
In response to the spike in gender based violence, the National Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ) has called for stepping up of concerted and deliberate global efforts towards the elimination of all forms of violence against women and children.
NAWOJ President, Ladi Bala who made the call in a statement issued on Wednesday, to mark the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, urged all hands to be on deck towards putting an end to all forms of violence against women.
“We call on all tiers of government and other critical stakeholders in Nigeria to put in place and advance measures towards safeguarding the fundamental rights of women in Nigeria”, She pleads.
Bala stressed that NAWOJ will continue to joint hands with relevant and critical stakeholders towards eliminating the rising and unacceptable cases of violence against women.
She assured that under her leadership, the association will step up advocacy on gender based violence as well as encourage victims to speak out and free themselves from the shackles of oppression and oppressors.
NAWOJ conmended the United Nations General Assembly for earmarking a day for the elimination of violence against women.
It equally described as a welcome development, the choice of this year’s theme: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” as the advocacy to put in the front burner, issues that affect an estimated one-third (one in every three) women in their lifetime.
“just like the UN desires to raise awareness on the fact that women around the world are subject of violence, NAWOJ is more than ever determined to unite and work with other stakeholders to put an end to the menace of violence against women, particularly in Nigeria”, Bala affirmed.