Lack of appropriate legislation responsible for increasing gender based violence  – CSOs

Lack of appropriate legislation responsible for increasing gender based violence  - CSOs

Civil Society Organisations ( CSOs  ) of women led groups in Borno State has said that incidence of sexual and gender-based violence is increasing due to lack of policy and appropriate legislative response and judicial effective response at the states and local governments levels. 

The women group added that recent data shows that the level of physical violence women experience has not improved, adding that up to a third of women in Nigeria report that they have been subjected to some form of violence, including battering and verbal abuse, emotional and psychological 

abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, or harassment within the home. 

The Chairman of the Women led CSOs in Borno State, Mrs Ladi Clark said this on Wednesday during a press conference organised by the group in Maiduguri. 

She said singular objective of their briefing is to appeal to the Borno State House of Assembly and Borno State Governor,  Professor Babagana Umara Zulum to hasten the process of the passage and assent of the Violence Against 

Lack of appropriate legislation responsible for increasing gender based violence  – CSOs

Persons Prohibition Bill 2021 currently before the House of Assembly.

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Represensted by Ann Darman Bukar, treasurer of the group, Mrs Clark noted that the North-East Nigeria, has been one of the most vulnerable regions in Nigeria, with 

protracted conflict since 2009, saying that women and girls have been the most vulnerable in the regions’ conflict and this is manifested in several dimensions ranging from inequalities, discrimination 

and sexual and gender-based violence which further limit the enjoyment of their human rights. 

” More so, several women and girls face displacement and are subjected to living their lives in the Internally Displaced Camps, with recent reports showing that they experience sexual violation and exploitation by co-residents and in some cases by government officials that are meant to protect them. 

” This is so because the policies and laws which are meant to protect the people do not priorities issues that affect women and girls. Also, incidence of sexual and gender-based violence is increasing due to lack of policy and appropriate legislative response and judicial effective response at the states and local governments levels. 

” Recent data shows that the level of physical violence women experience 

has not improved. Up to a third of women in Nigeria report that they have been subjected to some form of violence, including battering and verbal abuse, emotional and psychological 

abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, or harassment within the home. 

” Borno State continues to 

witness an increase in violence against women and children; exploitation of children, trafficking in persons, early and forced marriages, discrimination based on regional origin, religion, disability, forced and bonded labor and child labor. While existing laws particularly the Constitution prohibits discrimination based on community, place of origin, ethnic group, 

sex, religion, or political opinion, poor and weak enforcement mechanism has allowed abuse of women’s rights to thrive with impunity,” Mrs Clark said.

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