Federal government has expressed dissatisfaction at the increasing number of gender-based violence in the country, with the current tally at 24,720 reported cases in the 36 states and the FCT between September and today
In a statement by the Minister for Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, the incessant cases of reported GBV, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and other harmful traditional practices in the country is a pandemic that must be addressed.
While decrying the increasing figures, she urged stakeholders to urgently contribute towards eliminating the menace, which has become worrisome and affects the lives of citizens, particularly women and children.
The minister said establishing mobile courts, especially in rural communities, will promote the rule of law, increase access to justice, and enhance criminal justice pathway to address violence against women and girls.
She also reiterated the commitment of the government to end all forms of violence, ensure justice for victims and survivors, and promote women’s empowerment and girl-child education.