By Stanley Onyekwere
Worried by the traumatic effects of gender based violence, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disclosed readiness to collaborate with the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiatives to establish Centres and Shelters to empower victims of sexual violence in FCT.
The Administration noted gender based violence offenders register had been commissioned in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Women and Social Development, to register all Gender Based Violence bases and the offenders.
The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, made the disclosure at the Commemoration of Walk to end Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) organised by the Social Development Secretariat (SDS), yesterday in Abuja.
“ Many intervention programs have been rolled out both locally and internationally, to eliminate gender based violence in our various communities
“For instance, FCT has established a standard and well equipped Gender Based Violence Response Centre under Gender Department of SDS, to handle all gender based violence cases in the FCT.
“ It is expected that all such cases are promptly reported at the center for immediate necessary actions.
“ Also, FCT is collaborating with EU and UN Spotlight Initiatives to establish Centres and Shelters to empower victims of gender based violence in FCT.
“ All these are efforts made to eliminate gender based violence in the societies, “ Aliyu stated.
The Minister said the Federal Government and FCTA are joining the world Nations to commemorate the 2019, sixteen days of activism against gender based violence towards eliminating violence not only against women and girls but also men and boys.
She, therefore, enjoined all stakeholders to create awareness across the nooks and crannies of FCT ensure that everyone key into campaign against sexual and gender based violence.
Earlier, the Director, Gender Department of SDS, Dr. Agnes Hart, stressed the said violence against women and children in any form and shape was not negotiable in the FCT.
Hart said FCTA had zero tolerance for sexual abuse, abuse of women, abuse of children in particular and men in general.
The director said the aimed of the awareness campaign which was being commemorated all over the world was to increase awareness among FCT populace on the need to shun violence against women and children.
Also speaking, Obianuju Osude, Senior Gender Equality and Inclusion, Plan International Nigeria, an NGO, called for collecting efforts to ensure the attainment of gender equality in the country.