UNFPA calls for end to violence against women in Nigeria

13:49, November 27, 2009      

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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) deputy representative in Nigeria Bannet Ndyanabangi has called in Abuja law enforcement agencies to show more commitment in fighting violence against women and child in the country.

At a capacity building workshop Wednesday for senior Police officers on the response to violence against women, girl child and Anti Human Trafficking, Ndyanabangi said "Every day women and girls are subjected to domestic violence against their bodies, minds and human dignity," the News Agency of Nigeria quoted him assaying on Thursday.

"As many as one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some way. It is time to address the use of violence as a means of threatening, controlling or subordinating women," he said.

"Developing a healthier masculinity that condemns violence requires men to take active responsibility for ending it," he added.

Ndyanabangi urged participants at the workshop to develop strategies that would increase awareness of the systemic nature of violence against women to expose the violation of their rights.

Earlier, the country's minister of women affair and social development Salamatu Suleiman said women rights are highly violated globally.

Suleiman said her ministry is committed to the advocacy and actions that would promote women's advancement and gender equality.

She said laws are in place to address violence against women, urging the law enforcement agencies to ensure their implementation.

Source: Xinhua
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