The NEEM Foundation, a crisis response non-governmental organization (NGO), has expressed concern over the increase in cases of gender-based violence (GBV) despite government and development organization interventions, revealing that 513 incidents were recorded in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) between January 2021 and June 2022.
The foundation added that in Adamawa State, from January 2021 to May 2022, 659 cases were reported across the state’s 21 LGAs, with Yola North, Numan, Yola South, Demsa and Gerei recording the most incidents. students.
He called for the creation of more courts designated to deal with GBV cases, saying this will facilitate rapid access to justice for victims.
The Foundation’s Senior Communications Officer, Betiku Adedoyin, made the call in Abuja during a roundtable with key media partners on strengthening responses to GBV, convened by the Foundation in collaboration with the Nations Spotlight Initiative Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Justice and UNFPA Nigeria, while advocating for adequate funding, special courts to address GBV in the country.
”Despite widespread commitments and interventions, sexual and gender-based violence persists. According to the GBV Dashboard, 513 incidents of GBV were reported in the Federal Capital Territory during the period of January 2021 to June 2022. In Adamawa State, from January 2021 to May 2022, 659 cases were reported across the 21 LGAs in Adamawa State with Yola North, Numan, Yola South, Demsa and Gerei reporting the highest incidents, she said.
According to her, the roundtable was to discuss the responsibility of the media in addressing gender-based violence and the need for continued cooperation between the media and NGOs to raise awareness of GBV across the country.
She described GBV as a constant reminder of women’s lower status in society and gender disparity, therefore called for improved public funding to address the threat at state and federal levels.
”Sexual and gender-based violence is not only a consequence of gender inequality, but also a constant reminder of women’s lower status in society and multiple gender disparities.
”Research shows that girls living in Nigeria may have experienced at least one form of sexual assault before reaching the age of 25. There is a need to have a specific budget to support sustainable GBV in relevant ministries, departments and agencies,’ she said. .
She expressed concern that although the government and other development organizations have supported interventions to address GBV, the threat persists across the country.
Responding to questions from the media, Deputy Director of the Women’s Rights Division of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Victoria Lar, said cases of gender-based violence remained consistent with 11 states reporting daily to the ministry’s dashboard.
She recalled that although the number of reported cases was higher during the covid19 pandemic and in only six states, eleven states are now reporting GBV cases to the department through the dashboard.
“Many cases are coming through the ministry’s dashboard and it shows that more people are aware, although only a few have assessed justice due to lack of evidence. Second, victims end up dropping out of the case because of the stress of going back and forth from time to time, and survivors’ relationships become discouraged because of slow access to justice.
“Ministry of Women’s Affairs is requesting special courts from the Attorney General of Justice to allow people access to justice and also to reduce the many cases with FIDA,” she said.