NGO canvases stiff penalties for gender-based violence


By Matthew Denis

In a bid to curb the menace of gender-based violence in the country, the legislative arm has been urged to enact law that will effect maximum punishment for anyone found culpable.

The founder of SAAB Foundation, Miss Saadat Bibire made the disclosure yesterday in Ilorin, during a road walk campaign against rape and gender-based violence.

She said, “The campaign was motivated through the need to create a wider and feasible campaign in the public to kick against the menace of rape and gender-based violence in the country.

According to her, until punishments against rapist are stricter, the menace will continue unabated in the society.

She emphasised that both government and Non-Governmental organisations should synergise in curbing gender-based violence through enlightenment programmes.

Bibire added that the girl-child should have equal access to qualitative education and life changing opportunities in a healthy and safe environment within an equitable and just society.

Speaking further, she said, “The only way to reduce the high rate of unemployment among women is to give them a sense of belonging in the society.

“Gone are the days that women have no place in the society but with the level of civilization and technological know-how both gender should be recognised equally in the society.”

According to her, SAAB Foundation has trained and empowered over 100 women in various vocational skills across the state.

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