The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture NACCIMA Business Women Group (NAWORG) has called for the mainstreaming of
laws, policies and regulations in the Nigerian political, business and government domains to challenge and eradicate violence against women and girls.
In a statement signed on Thursday by the Chairperson, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, she stated that as an annual event, the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” commences from the 25th of November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10th of December (Human Rights Day).
The statement reads in part: “The context for this initiative can be found in the latest estimates, which show that nearly 1
in 3 women aged 15 years and older, around the world have been subjected to physical or
sexual violence by an intimate partner, non-partner or both, at least once in their lifetime,
indicating that levels of violence-against-Women-and-Girls have remained largely
unchanged over the last decade.
“As an economy committed to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs), SDG-5 (Gender Equality) has garnered much attention from the Federal
Government of Nigeria through its various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, in
particular, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs And Social Development.
“Therefore, in furtherance of the objective of this year’s “16 Days of Activism Against
Gender-Based Violence”, with the theme; “Orange the World: END VIOLENCE
AGAINST WOMEN NOW!”, NAWORG commends the Federal Government of Nigeria in the work it has done so far, and calls for further concrete actions in the following areas:
(1) Creating enabling policy, legal and resource environments;
(2) Scaling up evidence driven prevention programming;
(3) Scaling up comprehensive, accessible and quality services for survivors; and
(4) Enabling and empowering autonomous girl-led and women’s rights organizations to
exercise their expertise.
NAWORG promised to continue to
raise awareness, mobilize advocacy and inspire action to combat gender-based violence in its many forms (sexual harassment, child marriage, female genital mutilation, intimate partner violence and rape, among other atrocities).
It expresses optimism for a brighter future ahead for women devoid of violence and stigmatization, and in unison with the United Nations Women; we believe that the Sustainable Development Goals vision for women would be achieved.