Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)is the most widespread human rights violation with a recorded every 1 in 3 women having experienced some form of violence in their lives. This comes down to a cumulative average of 736 million women experiencing abuse in their lifetime. This is serious, but it hardly gets spoken of.
The only reason why it was less talked about is because:
- It is cloaked in the culture of silence.
- There were less women voices then compared to now.
However, the impact of violence and abuse is multifaceted. It begins with the victim, and manifest in several ways, – mental health issues, medical bills, and even STDs in the cases of sexual violence. But the effects of it does not end with the victim, it trickles down to her family, and the society. This therefore makes GBV (Gender Based Violence) both a human rights as well as a public health concern.
Covid19 brought with it an escalation in rates of reported VAWGs, IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) and DV (Domestic Violence), however, it is now 2 years after lock-down yet, the rates are not dropping. The continuum of VAWGs, GBV is an indication of the lack of awareness, knowledge and understanding of its glaring impact, and how it determines the well-being and progress of the entire society.
Over 6 Nigerian women have lost their lives due to domestic violence in recent months, and these are only the number that are known because we all know that there are stories that never gets heard.
The apparent inflated cases, and deaths calls for a national dialogue that will bring together voices and actors, amplify and engage them in constructive brainstorming and dialogue, expand knowledge about the magnitude of GBV and its impact on the health of the individual and the society, and broaden understanding of the factors underlying the experience and consequences of GBV towards finding lasting solutions.
GBV is everyone’s business because it affects us all. We are therefore asking for your support towards the successful implementation of the program in every way possible.
Kindly donate through the following channel.
Be a voice for the voiceless.
Be a support to those who lack it.
Be the harbinger of hope, for those who are in dire need of it.
Stand with us to end GBV.
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