NAPTIP calls for protection of women and girls against violence
The Zonal Commander, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Nneka Ojie has called for protection of women and girls from all forms of gender base violence such as forced early marriage, female genital mutilation, human trafficking, rape, domestic violence, and sexual exploitation among others to give them sense of belonging in the society.
Ojie made the call while speaking with newsmen in Enugu on Friday on the 2021 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The NAPTIP Zonal Commander who described gender-based violence as any harmful acts directed at an individual based on their gender, explained that the act has its roots in gender inequality, abuse of power and harmful norms.
She noted that the public enlightenment unit of the agency in Enugu state has been going round the local government areas of the state to ensure people are sensitized on the ills of Violence Against Person, VAP, human trafficking and evils associated with such practices.
According to her, the agency in collaboration with some stakeholders is visiting schools, markets and public places to also sensitize people on the dangers of such practice.
She disclosed that one out of every three women and girls worldwide experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime and encouraged survivors of VAP to immediately contact NAPTIP on 627 or any law enforcement agency to make official report.
She however encouraged citizens of the state and south east in general to be their brother’s keepers and tolerate one another
November 25th every year is set aside by United Nations to commemoration international day for elimination of violence against women.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Orange The World: End Violence Against Women Now!”.