Kogi Moves Against Sexual Abuse, Gender-based Violence 

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Kogi State government has taken steps to check sexual abuse, harassment and all forms of Gender-Based Violence, GBV.

The Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr Inah Isaac disclosed this at a stakeholders engagement workshop on sexual exploitation and abuse/gender-based violence organised by Nigeria COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project, NCoPREP, for members of Kogi State Technical Working Group on GBV.

Mr Isaac said sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment are pervasive issues that affect individuals across all communities.

He noted that sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in all forms have tremendous physical, emotional and social consequences for the victims who are often referred to as ‘survivors.’

“Kogi State government has put much efforts to end sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment and all forms of gender based violence. There is currently a law whereby any one caught in this wicked act will face the full weight of the law.

“Government has continued to engage religious leaders, traditional rulers and key stakeholders to support its campaign in putting an end to sexual abuse and all forms of gender based violence in Kogi State.

“It is essential to understand these concepts comprehensively in order to address them effectively, which is essential for creating safe and respectful communities.

“During pandemic such as COVID-19, many factors can exacerbate risks of experiencing SEAH. These include but are not limited to increased security presence, lack of community and state protection, displacement, scarcity of essential resources, disruption of community services, changes in cultural and gender norms, disrupted relationships and weakened infrastructure,” he said.

According to him, survivors of GBV have the right to receive quality, compassionate care and support that address the harmful consequences of violence in order to help them heal and recover.

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