Nigeria women has called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency on Violence Against Women (VAW) in the country.
The call was made Friday in Abuja when women from across the nation embarked on a peaceful walk from the National Center of Women Development (NCWD) to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWSD) to present the charter of demand put together at the end of the National Women Dialogue tagged “Womanifesto 2019.
Convener of Womanifesto and Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Akiyode – Afolabi, said though the charter demand of the Nigerian women is still work in progress, a draft of it has been written as a guide to the full document.
“The first demand we are making is that there is the need for government to increase the budget of the federal ministry of women affairs to be able to work effectively.
“Secondly is that there is the need to declare state of emergency on violence against women in Nigeria. We are also concerned about the situation of the IDPs so we want the minister to strengthen her efforts we know she is doing a lot but we still need more efforts so that the women can have their lives back,” she stressed.
“On women political participation there is a need for us to move further. It is a pain in our hearts that this will be happening at this pont in time,” she added.
Responding, the Minister Dame Paullen Tallen, assured that the demands will be followed up and adressed, adding that the federal government is committed to tackling head in the plights of women in the country.
“I want to state clearly Mr. Presidnet’s full commitment to the five issues addressed.
I want to assure you that I will address it and follow it judiciously.
“The issue of our sister Salome that was killed brutally in Kogi state, some few days back Mr. President responded condemning it. He is very worried and committed to this matter and he has made a statement and is fully committed to see that justice is done to this issue and similar issues,” she said.
“The President, the Vice President, the Wife of the President are fully committed to this issue and we all condemn violence against women in its totality.
“This five demands I want to assure you that my ministry will address it squarely already I have gotten the nod of the president and all the issues here are being addressed and we will make everything possible to make sure that we stem the tide,” she assured.