The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), said it will collaborate with the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiatives to establish Centres and Shelters to empower victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV), in FCT.
The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, stated this at the Commemoration of Walk to end Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) organised by the Social Development Secretariat (SDS), on Monday in Abuja.
Aliyu also said that Gender Based Violence Offenders Register had been commissioned in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Women and Social Development, to register all Gender Based Violence cases and the offenders.
” Many intervention programs have been rolled out both locally and internationally, to eliminate gender based violence in our various communities
” For instance, FCT has established a standard and well equipped Gender Based Violence Response Centre under Gender Department of SDS, to handle all gender based violence cases in the FCT.
” It is expected that all such cases are promptly reported at the center for immediate necessary actions.
” Also, FCT is collaborating with EU and UN Spotlight Initiatives to establish Centres and Shelters to empower victims of gender based violence in FCT.
” All these are efforts made to eliminate gender based violence in the societies, ” she said.
The Minister said the Federal Government and FCTA are joining the world Nations to commemorate the 2019, sixteen days of activism against gender based violence towards eliminating violence not only against women and girls but also men and boys.
She, therefore, enjoined all stakeholders to create awareness across the nooks and crannies of FCT and ensure that everyone key into campaign against sexual and gender based violence.
Speaking earlier, the Director, Gender Department of SDS, Dr Agnes Hart, stressed that violence against women and children in any form and shape was not negotiable in the FCT.
She said FCTA had zero tolerance for sexual abuse, abuse of women, abuse of children in particular and men in general.
The director further said that the aim of the awareness campaign which was being commemorated all over the world was to increase awareness among FCT populace on the need to shun violence against women and children.
Also speaking, Ms Obianuju Osude, Senior Gender Equality and Inclusion, Plan International Nigeria, an NGO, called for collective efforts to ensure the attainment of gender equality in the country.