FIDA Nigeria Flags off 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
In 2021 the UNODC and UN Women reported that on average, more than five women or girls were killed every hour by someone in their own family. This scourge has become a global pandemic that if left unchecked has potential to send entire societies into ruination due to its life-threatening component.
FIDA Nigeria, as a leading voice in the fight against all forms of violence as well as those that present as a result of gender differences, on the 25th of November 2022, in what can be termed an auspicious moment, flagged off the 16 Days of Activism. Orange balloons were released by the CVP, and members blew their whistles loudly singing passionately, calling for this scourge to be eradicated from our communities and the nation at large.
In a statement by the Country Vice President Amina Suzana Agbaje FIDA Nigeria, she stressed that new strategies MUST be targeted at comprehensive and multi-faceted solutions, sustainable policies, stronger commitments, and the necessary executive will of government which MUST translate to action to end all forms of gender-based violence, particularly those aimed at women.
FIDA has over the years incessantly advocated for a complete elimination of violence in our society through various mediums which include, advocating for acceleration in criminal justice responses to incidences of violence, pushing for stiffer penalties for GBV offenses; identifying discriminatory laws that translate to gender-based violence and pressing for their repeal/legislative review.