NGOs, A’Ibom Govt Move To Curb Violence Against Women

NGOs, A’Ibom Govt Move To Curb Violence Against Women

INIOBONG SUNDAY, Uyo

The African Human Development Centre (AHDC) working in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria has lamented the ordeals of domestic violence and other human rights abuses against women in Nigeria.

Speaking after undertaking a fact-finding tour to some rural communities in Akwa Ibom State to ascertain the level of social and cultural infringement meted on the women-folks, stakeholders of the group urged government to intervene.

According to the Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AHDC, Prof. Gabriel Umoh, revealed that “a lot of women pass through harrowing experiences every other day especially in rural communities”.

Umoh, who doubles as the Director in-charge at the Waste Management Studies, University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Akwa Ibom State, listed crimes committed against women to include “rape, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), shaving of hair and oath-taking at husband’s death, exclusion from family inheritance and other harmful practices”.

Calling on reforms to be initiated against these age-long practices in some Akwa Ibom societies, the professor of Agricultural and Development Economics, said “such idignities demean the womanhood”, adding that it was time such awful practices were stopped against women.

The shocking discoveries, he explained were the face hand experiences faced by rural community women in their areas of research spread across the three Senatorial Districts of Uyo, Eket and Ikot Ekpene.

Also speaking, Mrs. Suwaiba Jubrin, head of ActionAid Nigeria in-charge of the Local Rights and Partnarship programme, stressed the need for a holistic action plan by civil society groups and government to stem the scourge.

Besides, he enjoined the women and other victims of rights abuses to always stand up and protest “where you feel your rights were being infringed upon”.


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