The increase in incidents of gender-based violence in the FCT is alarming – Delegated Commissioner

The increase in incidents of gender-based violence in the FCT is alarming – Delegated Commissioner

Wike, Minister for Women on Road Walk

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Women’s Mandate Secretary, Ms. Adedayo Benjamins Ranney, has expressed concern over the increase in incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) in the capital.

She also decried the challenges involved in reporting GBV incidents and the difficulty of raising awareness about GBV.

Mr. Benjamins-Raney spoke with FCT On-Air Personalities (OAPs), influencers and some media personalities ahead of 16 days of planning and activities for the campaign against gender-based violence, scheduled to begin on November 25. In a conversation with journalists after the meeting, he said: , 2023.

He said that 10 days ago, the number of GBV cases reported in the FCT was less than 2,000, but as of the last count on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, the number had surged to 2,344.

She said that on her first day on the job, the FCT Social Development Secretariat hosted the presentation of the GBV national dashboard to the wives of the FCT royal fathers and wives of local government chairmen, and the results were alarming. . about.

Mr Benjamins Ranney said the FCT would like to use the national dashboard to sensitize royal wives and council chairs about the under-reporting and crisis situation in local communities and the six regional councils. He said he was thinking about it.

“While we are cosmopolitan, we are also a very interesting indigenous community.In our royal father’s palace, incidents occur every day, some of them very difficult, and the police Even how to bring incidents to the surface in order to intervene is often a challenge.”

“So, the ingenuity of the gender-based violence officers in the FCT sector gave birth to this initiative, and if we awaken awareness in you that this is not enough, then as mothers of that community, you too. It was about making them understand that they would do something.

“For me, it also became a catalyst and a clear dashboard for my own first assignment,” she said.

However, she said women, adolescent girls, children and persons with disabilities in the FCT, who are classified as vulnerable groups, are the target targets for her interventions and assistance.

Meanwhile, she was joined by FCT Minister Nyesom Wike, Women’s Affairs Minister Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, FCT Representative Senator Ireti Kingibe and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NCDC) Commander Ahmed Abubakar Audi. Government officials are among dignitaries scheduled for the 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) ‘5km Orange Walk/Run’.

The event is scheduled to begin on Saturday, November 25, 2023 from Eagle Square, Abuja. His 16-day event, which will be held from November 25 to December 9, 2023, will include interactive sessions with stakeholders across his six regional councils in the FCT.

Themed “Investing to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children,” the event highlights the need to give voice to the voiceless, including men who may be experiencing physical abuse at the hands of their spouses. This is a global call to action.

Ms. Benjamins Ranney called for the support of the media, highlighting their important role in reporting and advocating for people facing various forms of violence and people with disabilities (PWD).


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