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Sexual Violence: FCTA partners with international agencies for victims

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it will collaborate with the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiatives to establish Centres and Shelters to empower victims of Gender Based Violence in the FCT.

The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, made the disclosure at the Commemoration of Walk to end Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) organised by the FCT Social Development Secretariat (SDS), in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.

Dr. Aliyu also said that Gender Based Violence Offenders Register had been commissioned in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Women and Social Development, to register all Gender Based Violence cases and the offenders.

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 centre 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 said.

The minister said that 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 enjoined all stakeholders to create awareness across the nooks and crannies of FCT to ensure that everyone key into the campaign against sexual and gender based violence in the FCT.

Earlier, the Director, Gender Department of SDS, Dr Agnes Hart, stressed that 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.

Source: Voice of Nigeria