A former Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Abuja, Professor Mabel Evwierhoma has called for constitutional provisions against rape to stem the tide of the ugly act in the country.
Professor Evwierhoma made the call today during a Virtual Lecture on Rape As Anti-culture In Contemporary Nigeria organized by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO.
The Don who expressed concern over the recent cases of rape in the country said putting in place stringent law would go a long way to eradicate rape in the country.
She also decried every form of violence against women and girls saying governments at levels must wake up to their responsibility of protecting women against violence. “Despite the annual observance of the International Day for Elimination of Violence against women and Nigeria being a signatory to the convention on Elimination of violence against women, CEDAW, women and girls in Nigeria still suffer different forms of Violence” Professor Evwierhoma stated.
In her opening remarks, the Director Overseeing Office of the Executive Secretary, NICO, Mrs Bridgette Yerima said the virtual lecture was organized as part of NICO’s contribution towards the elimination of rape and other forms of violence against women and girls in the country.
Mrs Bridgette Yerima who also expressed displeasure over the recent cases of rape in the country said NICO would continue to use the instrumentality of the nation’s cultural heritage to sensitize Nigerians on the menace of rape and other forms of violence against women and girls in the country. She therefore called for the support of all stakeholders towards the elimination of the urgly act in the society.
Some of the Activists Against Gender Based Issues, Legal Practitioners, Media Professionals and other participants who contributed to the virtual lecture commended NICO for being in the forefront in the fight against rape and other forms of Violence against women and girls.
They stressed the need for the Federal and State Governments to put in place stringent measures that would curb the menace in the country.