Buhari's Minister Reveals 1 of the Worst Crimes Committed Against Humanity

Buhari's Minister Reveals 1 of the Worst Crimes Committed Against Humanity

  • Nigerians have been urged to ensure they join the fight to end gender-based violence against persons with disabilities
  • The call was made by the minister of women affairs and social development in Abuja on Thursday, March 10
  • Pauline Tallen said perpetrators of gender-based violence against PWDs are evil and would end up as beasts

The minister of women affairs and social development, Pauline Tallen, on Thursday, March 10, called on Nigerians not to take advantage of persons with disabilities when it comes to issues of sexual and gender-based violence.

Tallen while speaking at the Investiture Award of Excellence on 66 Young Persons With Disabilities in Nigeria said SGBV is the worst crime against humanity and more dangerous is that it is committed against PWD.

The event which was attended by Legit.ng reporter was organised by the Inclusive Friends Association(IFA) in Abuja.

Pauline Tallen
Pauline Tallen has called for an end to gender-based crimes against persons with disabilities Photo: Pauline Tallen
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Warning against continuous SGBV against PWD, Tellen said she gets quite emotional when she receives reports of SGBV against PWD.

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He words:

"These are heartless mindless people who could go an extra mile to rape those that are we some form of disability and I am happy that inclusive friends have taken it upon themselves to fight it.
"I want to exclude all the bad people from the society and rapists or anybody that inflicts any form of gender-based violence on any woman worst of all those with disabilities will not leave well."

Punishment for perpetrators of SGBV against PWD

Continuing, Tallen said God will surely punish perpetrators of GBV against PWD while stating that these criminals would end up like beasts.

She added:

"Don't take advantage of these people because if you take advantage of them, you are inviting the anger of God on you, I warn you and I appeal to those fond of that evil to desist from it.

``These are people that need our love, they need our support, they need our understanding they need to live happy in the society."
"I join you to celebrate the 66   advocates with disabilities that  will be awarded today with Award of Excellence in their efforts to fight gender-based violence and to support those that have been abused.’’

Selection of fellows to fight against SGBV against PWD

Also speaking, the executive director of IFA, Grace Jerry said that the organisation selected fellows to combat GBV perpetrated against PWDs through support from the Ford Foundation.

According to Jerry, the project - Amplifying Voices commenced in February 2021 with the aim of training young persons with disabilities from various states across Nigeria.

She said that previous engagements with PWDs showed that high levels of discrimination, stigma and stereotypes played significant roles in increasing the culture of silence among survivors of various forms of violence.

Jerry noted:

"This fear has resulted in cases of violence against persons with disabilities largely unreported and has also rendered such survivors voiceless and invisible.
"IFA therefore saw the need to build a network of youth advocates with disabilities and improve their capacity to spotlight and innovatively address incidences of gender-based violence against women and girls with disabilities across the country."

Explaining further, Jerry noted that two youth advocates with disabilities were selected from two states in each of the six geopolitical zones with the highest cases of GBV recorded during the COVID 19 pandemic for the first and second cohorts.

The third cohort, she added had 20 participants each from Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory respectively.

Jerry said that key findings revealed that ignorance of PWDs and their family on handling some of these issues in one way or the other led to violence or poverty.

She further called for the enlightenment of PWDs, their family members and caregivers on the intricacies of disability-based violence while recommending that education should be made free for PWDs of school age.

NAPTIP continues to work against criminals perpetrating SGBV against PWD

In his address, the director-general of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Fatima Waziri-Azi, said gender issues are further exacerbated when PWD are faced with challenges of marginalisation and discrimination.

Represented by Ebele Ulasi, the head of reforms at NAPTIP, Waziri-Azi,  said that the agency will continue to ensure it nips crimes against vulnerable people in the bud.

Her words:

"These include giving access to justice through the agency’s disability desk where cases of PWDs are properly investigated and offenders made to face the wrath of the law and NAPTIP has recorded several successful convictions.
"The Agency adopted a gender mainstreaming approach in drafting its disability policy which is being revised for publication."

"Giving gainful employment to PWDs that has informed gender equality and disability inclusion action at all levels in the agency among other measures."

Most ad-hoc staff don't abide by training received for handling needs of persons with disability, group says

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had assured people with disabilities (PWD) of improved access to polling units in the forthcoming Osun and Ekiti election.

INEC also said that it will ensure that assistive materials provided by the commission are used by its ad-hoc staff where needed.

The assurance from INEC follows calls from PWD on challenges faced while trying to access voting areas during elections.

World Disability Day: Right steps govt., others need to take for persons with disabilities

People with disabilities in Nigeria have continued to face as many challenges that deter them from going about their daily activities.

Most times, this population of Nigerians lack the basic social protection needed for humans to survive in life.

Advocacies for a better life, behavioural change towards them and call to end discrimination against persons with disabilities have continued to take the centre stage.

Source: Legit.ng

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