Promote women's right with strong legislature - Group tells FG

Promote women's right with strong legislature - Group tells FG

- An organisation has called for strong laws that would promote the fundamental rights of women in Nigeria

- The organisation said most violent acts against women are fuelled by conflict and a general atmosphere of silence and victim shaming

- According to the organisation, the role of women in several of Nigeria's local cultures in sustaining families remains legendary as even the famous groundnut pyramids that contributed to the national economy

A civil society organisation on Monday, November 25, called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to promote strong legislatures that would help promote the rights of women across Nigeria.

The SING Nigeria while commemorating with the 2019 United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women said the world has made steady advancements towards eliminating the scourge and associated crimes against women.

According to SING most of the challenges against women are fuelled by conflict and a general atmosphere of silence and victim shaming.

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SING Nigeria is a non-governmental organisation which advocates for good governance and accountability, encouraging human capital development and achieving environmental justice.

A statement by the organisation said Nigerians may have been socialized into believing that men are the dominant gender but nothing could be further from the truth as our history is replete with records of unbelievable feats by women.

The statement said the role of women in several of Nigeria's local cultures in sustaining families remains legendary as even the famous groundnut pyramids that contributed to the national economy.

SING said Nigeria as a country is better for having strong feminine voices in governance and business and it is imperative that if we must develop we must create an atmosphere that allows women to develop their potentials and express their abilities for nation-building.

"Today as the world commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – under the theme: Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape - we at SING Nigeria joins the world in demanding an end to rape and associated crimes such as trafficking in women, child marriage and forced labour among others," the statement said.

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SING also said that Nigeria as a nation can see an end to these injustices against women and girls by putting measures in place to prevent it and by creating safe spaces for victims to report acts of rape and for justice to be dispensed in good time.

"A dominant culture that blames and shames victims of rape and other crimes against women, cannot engender sustainable development in any form over the long term," SING Nigeria noted.

It further urged the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and the Nigerian Police Force, as leading law enforcement agencies in tackling issues of rape and allied offences, to become more proactive in handling such matters.

SING Nigeria said there is a need for more sustained public enlightenment on the rights of women and the channels through which such rights can be enforced.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a female Police officer in Lagos, Dolapo Badmus, had addressed the issue of domestic violence.

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Badmus explained that studies have shown that the majority of people who become violent spouses had grown up with toxic parents or guardians.

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