The First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari has called for adequate funding and the harmonisation of existing laws to incorporate emerging issues in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Nigeria.
The first lady, who was represented by the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, made the call at an interactive forum on Gender Base Violence hosted by the Nigeria Governors Wives Against (NGVA- GBV), the UN/ Spotlight initiative and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).
She commended state governors for declaring state of emergency on Gender Base Violence in June, stressed that experiences had shown that any meaningful intervention in addressing the national politics must take into account to address the menace.
Hajiya Buhari commended the wives of the governors for the priority and attention given to fight against GBV, especially in the wake of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The first lady expressed her commitment in working with the governors wife in the fight against GBV in the country, adding that one of the outcome of their partnership was the interactive programme.
The Wife of Ekiti State Governor and Chairperson of Nigeria Governors Wife Forum(NGWF), Mrs. Bisi Fayemi explained that in recent times there had been astronomical increase in cases of gender based violence in Nigeria.
The first lady of Ekiti State said that COVID-19 and the lockdown worsen the already problematic situation as rate of violations increase exponentially.
Mrs Fayemi said that the continue drive in GBV had made it imperative to scale up multi-dimension approaches and strategies in combatting all forms of gender based violence in the country.
She listed some of the reasons for the gender based violence against women to include underlined cultural norms, altitude and believe that promote physical, sexual and economic violence.
Others include culture of impunity, lack of access to justice, nonexistence or poor facilities and economic disparity.
Mrs. Fayemi said NGWF- GBV formed by a group of 25 governors wives in June 2020 had recorded a lot of achievements, including the declaration of state of emergency for GBV in Nigeria by the governors on June 10.
She said that as a result of the declaration all state governors now focus attention on actions to address GBV in the stat and also the wives of the governors had also developed an action plan which was launched at the occasion.
Mrs. Fayemi added that the association had also scale up advocacy for the domestication of VAPP) Act 2015 and the Child Rights Act.
She said that since June when the state of emergency was declared against sexual and gender based violence, additional six states had domesticated VAPP Act 2015.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon who was represented by UN Women Nigeria Country Representative, Comfort Lamptey, commended the Governors for declaring state of emergency on Gender Base violence in June.
The event was attended by the NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi and his counterparts from Plateau, Kogi and among others, as well as wives of state governors.