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Rape, gender-based violence: Information, Women Affairs Ministries Plan National Campaign, Advocacy

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Worried by the spikes in cases of rape and gender-based violence in the country, the Federal  Ministries of Information and Culture and Women Affairs are set to launch a national campaign against the crimes.
The  Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in Abuja on Thursday while receiving a delegation of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), led by its Executive Secretary, Mr. Tony Ojukwu, on an advocacy visit that his ministry is partnering with the Ministry of Women Affairs on the campaign and advocacy.
“As a matter of fact, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is partnering with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to launch a national campaign against rape and gender-based violence. This campaign will include advocacy, public sensitization and social mobilization.

”The campaign is necessary not only to raise the level of awareness about rape and gender-based violence, but to ensure that Nigerians own the fight against the abhorrent and repulsive criminal acts,” he said.

Mohammed assured that the government will leave no stone unturned in its efforts to stamp out rape and other forms of violence against women..

“I can assure you that the Federal Government will do everything possible to stem the growing tide of rape and gender-based violence in the country,” he said in a statement by Mr Segun Adeyemi,  the Special Assistant to the President (Media), Office of The Minister of Information  and Culture .

The minister quoted the Inspector-General of Police as saying that between January and May 2020, a total of 717 rape cases were reported, and expressed delight that 799 suspects were arrested during the same period, while 631 cases were conclusively investigated and charged to court.

In his remarks, Mr. Ojukwu said the commission is carrying out a week of activism, with the theme ‘Equality and Dignity for Women”, as part of its advocacy against rape and gender-based violence.

He called on the police and other first responders to be more proactive in checking the cases of gender-based violence in the country, and described rape as the violation of the right to life and dignity of the victim.

The NHRC Executive Secretary sought the minister’s assistance in the campaign, especially in utilizing the public information organs to create more awareness on the issue.

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